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Not in India’s interests to increase imports from Russia: US

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Washington: The United States continued to express its disappointment over India’s engagement with Russia during its war with Ukraine. In the press briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki conveyed the discomfort of the US with the country’s bid to increase purchase of Russian oil.

“… we don’t believe it’s in India’s interest to accelerate or increase imports of Russian energy and other commodities,” said Psaki while addressing media persons. She said the US Deputy National Security Advisor, Daleep Singh, who was recently in Delhi had made this point clear to his counterparts.

She added that currently, India’s imports of Russian energy are just 1-2 per cent of its total energy import.

“He explained both the mechanisms of our sanctions and reiterated that any country or entity should be abiding by those, we also made clear that we’d be happy to be a partner in reducing their reliance or even their small percentage of — of reliance on that,” Psaki said, referring to Daleep Singh’s talks in Delhi.

India has refrained from voting against Russia during the UN referendum, primarily because of its strong ties with the Soviet nation.

 

 

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