Jaishankar does it again, reminds West about its vast oil imports from Russia
India's EAM said that the European Union from February to November has imported more fossil fuel from Russia than the next 10 countries combined. The oil import in European Union is six times what India has imported.
New Delhi, Dec 05: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday once again slammed the Western countries on the issue of India's ties with Russia, and said that India will continue to maintain economic ties with Russia in pursuance of its national interest despite opposition from western countries over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Jaishankar highlighted that countries within the European Union (EU) have imported vast amounts of fuel from Russia while lecturing India.
"The European Union (EU) from February to November has imported more fossil fuel from Russia than the next 10 countries combined. The oil import in European Union is six times what India has imported," Jaishankar told the media after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Monday.
"I would urge you to look at these figures. There is a website called 'Russia Fossil Fuel Tracker' it would give you country-by-country data of who is really importing what and I suspect that might be very very helpful," he added.
S Jaishankar strongly defended India's import of crude oil from Russia while noting that it is largely driven by market forces.
"Our trade with Russia is at a very small level- $12-13 billion, in comparison to European countries. We've also given Russians a set of products. I don't think people should read more into it other than the legitimate expectations of any trading country to increase its trade," Jaishankar asserted.
Jaishankar also said that India's position on the Ukraine issue is clear that this is not an era of war and that the conflict should be resolved through dialogue.
It must be noted that India has been buying oil from sanctions-hit Moscow amid the Ukraine conflict that started earlier this year, much to the chagrin of the West, which has severed trade ties with Russia.
According to reports, Russia has become India's top oil supplier since October 2022.