The US urges India not to buy additional Russian oil. Jaishankar quips that India’s oil purchases are less than what Europe buys in an afternoon.
At the India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue at Washington’s State Department on Monday (April 12), US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken called it a big moment in global affairs, emphasising that the partnership with India would be “more consequential and vital”.
In reponse, Minister Of External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar said India’s total purchase for the month would be less than what Europe buys in an afternoon.
He said, “If you are looking at energy purchases from Russia, I would suggest that your attention should be focused on Europe, which probably – we do buy some energy which is necessary for our energy security, but I suspect looking at the figures, probably our total purchases for the month would be less than what Europe does in an afternoon.”
The 2+2 ministerial dialogue took place with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary Of Defense Lloyd Austin and India’s Minister Of External Affairs Dr. S Jaishankar and Minister Of Defense Rajnath Singh.