'Let's be even handed': Jaishankar defends India's oil imports from Russia
NEW DELHI: India's decision to go ahead with purchase of discounted Russian oil has faced criticism, especially after sanctions imposed on Moscow by many countries.
On Friday, external affairs minister S Jaishankar defended India's decision to purchase Russian oil and hit back at unfair criticism it is being subjected to.
Responding to a question at the GLOBSEC 2022 Bratislava Forum on whether India's decision is hel Russia fund the war, Jaishankar said: "Look I don't want to sound argumentative. If India funding Russia oil is funding the war... Tell me then buying Russian gas is not funding the war? It's only Indian money and Russian oil coming to India funding the war and not Russia's gas coming to Europe not funding? Let's be a little even-handed."
He further highlighted that the sanctions imposed by European Union have been done kee in mind the interest of certain European nations.
'Europe buys more oil than India'
In April as well Jaishankar had defended India's move to continue energy imports from Russia amid the Ukraine war.
His statements had come in response to suggestions from the US that India should try to reduce imports of energy and other natural commodities from Russia.
In today's event, the external affairs minister further reiterated that the government will buy best oil at cheap rates if and when they are available.
"We don't send people to buy Russian oil, we send people to buy oil in the market, buy the best oil," he said.
Excellent arguments for point of view by EAM sir.
India should buy 75% of oil,gas of it's total need from Russia because,1.Russia is trustworthy friend and always helped India in difficult times and now it is our turn to help our friend Russia by buying oil,gas from Russia and investing in Russia.,2.western countries always acted against interests of India,yeh gulami aur moorakhta Hogi agar hum west ke pressure mein aa kar Russia se oil buy na kare.,3.america is selfish, backstabber, Cunning, criminal country it is better to be in opposite side ..
Russia is emerged now as superpower.30 countries of nato cannot stop Russia.america is not more any power.western countries are making last efforts to protect it's power by different means to weaken Russia.but Russia has calculated everything and will not step back, victory of Russia is sure, hagemoney of western countries is going to end soon.It us our duty and best interest to stand firmly with Russia 11.Sanctions will only hitback western countries.India has alternatives to sanctions.
Oil is highly inflammable--- in any part of the world --- and natural gas is explosive ..............already the tempers are on high temperatures --- flaming flaring up -- as the big long war waged by Russia refuses to end ---
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India is a poor country and we need money to uplift poverty.....where ever we get to save money we will....who are others to teach us on it
We should buy more oil from Russia, Iran so we can get cheaper.
Europe and the west .....sanctimonious Hypocrisy at it's best/worst!!
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jaishankar is really good and strong minister aocfar.
India not answerable to every mistake committed by developed economy.
always lecturing India what it should do when all the time they do exactly opposite what they teach.
Mr Jaishankar, your excuses are getting worse by the day. Your actions are directly killing Ukrainians.. Even the Chinese are refusing Russian oil because of the war. Russia is an old and trusted ally. It is in our best interest to tell our friends when they are wrong
As an Indian citizen I urge my govt. to please purchase more crudes fertilisers sunflower oil etc from Russia. Lets fund Russia as along as we get maxmum of our money
Its the US funding Ujraine Russia war. Just see the face of Biden and Putin its not a rocket science to get who looks cunning and greedy. Certainly Biden looks like a cunning Hyena and Putin looks fair and square gentleman.
Anil Kumar Khanna
Europeans are taking utmost care of their interests and expect India to buy oil and gas at extraorbitant rates. India, by all means, is a low per capita income country, and has to import 85% of its oil needs. Charity begins at home. Europeans should immediately put a blanket ban on import of OIL & GAS from Russia.
I salute you, Mr Jaishankar. You have India's Interest at heart and are not afraid to stand up to international bullies and safeguard India's Interest first. You and other members of Mr. Modi's government should aim at eliminating India.s dependence on foreign oil.
India needs to buy significantly more oil from Russia and build up its reserves. Compared to Europe, India's purchases are insignificant and so India has a lot of room to increase the import of cheap Russian oil. Europe can continue making noises but they must understand that India's economy needs Russian oil and its time they reduced their own purchases significantly before lecturing India about is oil purchases from Russia.
We should buy gas & oil from Rusia.if possibal we should buy cheapest oil from Iran.Venezuela.better than soudi Arabia.& other middle east country.why we buy costly oil.
These western countries think that world starts and ends with their interests and no other country in this world should exst without their consent. Very strange.
India has to run country tripple the size of EU population and has its compulsions. Whereas EU spent lot of energy for its industrial production, Indians need energy for basic needs, like cooking, heating and keep infratructure moving.
Russia is absolutely right in military operation in ukraine.,nato is responsible for war in ukraine.,After disintegration of Soviet union,nato keep on expanding towards eastwards,nato made former Soviet union countries to join them.,america, britain managed to remove victor yanukovych from presidency of ukraine and introduced pro west government in ukraine and then it's parliament approved amendment in constitution to join nato a main foreign policy objective.zelensky is puppet of america