India buys much less oil from Russia than from Europe: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar : The Tribune India
New Delhi, April 12
India has parried US insinuations that it is giving Moscow a long rope and not doing enough to reduce its purchases of Russian crude.
“If you are considering energy purchases from Russia, I would suggest that your attention be focused on Europe. We buy part of the energy necessary for our energy security. But I suspect, looking at the numbers, that our total purchases for the month would probably be less than what Europe does in an afternoon. You might want to think about it,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said.
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Our buying (of oil) for the month would be less than what Europe does in an afternoon. S Jaishankar, EAM
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He was answering questions at a news conference in Washington late Monday night following the conclusion of the fourth two-plus-two ministerial dialogue between the United States and India. The dialog was preceded by a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joseph Biden.
“We are for dialogue and diplomacy; we are for an urgent cessation of violence; and we are ready to contribute in multiple ways to these goals,” Jaishankar said.
In response to another hostile question about Ukraine, Jaishankar noted that “it seems like my day to get a lot of advice and suggestions from the press” and added that “believe me, we have a good idea of what which is in our interest and knowing how to protect it and make it progress”.
The tenor of India’s position at the Biden-Modi summit and the ‘2+2’ forced the US to drop the tough talk of its NSA deputy Daleep Singh who visited New Delhi on April 5.
“India needs to make its own decisions on how it approaches this challenge,” noted US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who pointed out that India had made very strong statements on Ukraine, condemned the murder of civilians and called for an independent investigation. “And I would also like to note that India is providing significant humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people,” he added.
The 2+2 joint statement made no mention of sanctions against Russia but called for an immediate cessation of hostilities, condemned civilian deaths and reaffirmed its adherence to the UN Charter.
Despite the divergent views on Ukraine, Jaishankar along with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh drew attention to the progress made in bilateral relations on all fronts – defense and security, economy and people-to-people relations.
The meeting helped both sides develop strategies to mitigate the current volatility and unpredictability, encouraged India and the United States to think together about long-term challenges, particularly in the Indo-Pacific, and energized efforts to further improve bilateral relations, Jaishankar summed up.
The two sides also continued discussions on close collaboration in border areas – an area of vital importance to India – and agreed on a framework to advance cooperation in Critical and Emerging Technologies (CET) such as as artificial intelligence, quantum science, semiconductors and biotechnology.
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