WASHINGTON: India’s monthly purchase of Russian energy is less than a day in Europe, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in a crucial 2+2 dialogue in the US on Tuesday, amid the ongoing debate on Russia’s oil purchases. Let us tell you that in the midst of the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine, all western countries including America are asking other countries not to buy Russian oil. Ukraine has entered the 48th day of war.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is on a visit to the US for 2+2 talks, said in response to a question on Russian oil purchases, “If you are looking at (India’s) energy purchases from Russia, I suggest that your attention Europe should be on. We buy some of the energy we need for our energy security. But I suspect, looking at the figures, our purchases for the month will be less than Europe’s afternoon (of purchases).” The foreign minister said that as much as Russian oil we buy in a month, Europe buys it by noon.
Regarding the Ukraine war, the foreign minister said, “We are against conflict, we are ready for a dialogue and diplomacy, we are calling for an immediate end to the violence and we are ready to contribute in every way possible. As US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, we have made a number of statements that underscore our position in our Parliament and other forums.
Earlier last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had also clarified in a media briefing that India’s energy imports from Russia accounted for around 1-2 per cent of total imports. Washington has said it is “the country’s personal decision to ban imports” to pressure Moscow.
In the 2+2 talks, Blinken once again asserted that India “must make its own decisions on how to deal with this challenge (Ukraine). We share deep values of independence, openness, independence and sovereignty. India’s relations with Russia evolved over the decades at a time when the US was not able to be India’s partner. Today, we are able and willing to be India’s preferred partner.”