India’s Foreign Minister On Russian Oil: India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has made it clear to the countries of the world that it is their moral duty and obligation to buy oil from Russia. He said that he has to keep in mind the needs of his country first and decide accordingly.
External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said that if Europe is buying oil from the Middle East and other sources, then India also has the right to ensure the best deal. The External Affairs Minister clarified his stand on buying oil from Russia in response to a question during an interaction with the Indian community in Bangkok on 16 August.
Objection to India’s decision on Ukraine-Russia war
India’s decision to buy oil from Russia is being criticized in the wake of the Ukraine War. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has given a befitting reply to those who objected to this decision. He has fully justified this move of India. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said during an interaction with the Indian community in Bangkok that every country will try to ensure the best and fair deal to reduce the rising energy prices and India is doing exactly that.
The question is about India’s oil supply.
External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said that oil and gas prices are disproportionately high. Many traditional suppliers are turning to Europe because the continent is buying less oil from Russia. In response to a question, the foreign minister said, “Europe is buying a lot of oil from the Middle East and elsewhere, so who will supply it to India.” “Today this is the situation where every country will naturally try to get the best deal for its citizens and do everything possible to reduce the impact of rising energy prices, which is exactly what we are doing,” he said.
The country is open and honest for its interests
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has made it clear to the countries of the world that India did not take this decision to defend itself. He said that India has always been open and honest in its interests. Indian population cannot afford the increased energy prices. Jaishankar said, “I have a country with a per capita income of $2000. These are not the people who can afford the increased energy prices. So it is my responsibility and moral duty to make sure that I give them the best deal.” Let me do it.”
He said that the rest of the countries including America are well aware of this situation of India and he will support India, ignoring the impasse on this matter. It is worth noting that even before this many times the External Affairs Minister has come in public platforms in defense of India’s decision to import oil from Russia.
In the US in April, he had said that India’s oil purchases from Russia in a month are probably less than that of Europe. He said this during the two plus two (2+2) ministerial talks held in the US in April. Since Russia’s attack on Ukraine in February, India’s oil purchases from Russia rose to a record high of about 950,000 barrels per day in June, according to Reuters data.