Washington: India has refrained from voting against Russia on the issue of its ongoing war with Ukraine. While US has called for isolation of Russia and reducing dependence on the Soviet nation, it has been diplomatic in its interaction with India on the matter.
Displaying an understanding of the ties between India and Russia, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the relationship between the two countries had developed over decades when US was unable to partner with India.
However, Blinken added, times had changed and now US is “able and willing to be a partner of choice with India across virtually every realm: commerce, technology, education and security.”
He was speaking at a press briefing after the India-US 2+2 ministerial meeting in Washington on Monday. Blinken was accompanied by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had participated in the meeting.
“The 2+2 meeting today is important in strengthening the strategic defence engagement between India and US and will enable us to work alongside in number of areas of mutual interest. Our increased cooperation will be critical to maintain peace and security, and to ensure free access to global commons,” Rajnath Singh said in a statement.
Our oil purchase from Russia in a month less than Europe’s in an afternoon: Jaishankar
When Jaishankar was questioned about India’s purchase of oil from Russia, he retorted, saying that the country’s purchase from the Soviet nation in a month was less than what Europe purchased in just one afternoon.
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