Jaishankar says, will continue Russian oil imports in India


New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday that the relationship between India and Russia has turned in its favour. He also confirmed that New Delhi wants to maintain this equation. He also stressed that he has close ties with Moscow, saying it is a proven partner.

And Jaishankar made these comments when he held a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

Jaishankar on oil imports from Russia

He was asked about Russia’s increase in oil imports amid Western outrage. He answered: “Stress is caused by the combined effect of several factors on the energy market. But as the third largest consumer in the world… a consumer where the income level is not very high, it is our responsibility to ensure that the Indian consumer has access to the most favorable terms in the international market as much as possible.”

“…in this respect the India-Russia relationship has benefited me. If it works to my advantage, then I want to continue this,” he added.

“My presence in Moscow says a lot”: Jaishankar

Jaishankar also said that his presence in Moscow to review bilateral cooperation speaks volumes about the cooperation between Moscow and New Delhi.

“The fact that I am here today with a delegation to review our cooperation speaks to India-Russia cooperation to see how we can take it forward to create a long-term and sustainable foundation,” he said.

An objective assessment of the Indo-Russian relationship serves both well

He also pointed out how India and Russia are permanent and timeless partners.
“…I said that an objective assessment of our relations over many decades confirms that it has served both of our countries very well. If he served my country for many decades. I think you can see the obvious interests and commitments I would have in keeping this relationship strong and stable,” he added.

Ukraine-Russia impact on global food security

The war in Ukraine, which began in February, had a significant impact on global food security and led to a sharp rise in crude oil prices following Western sanctions against Moscow.

India has previously said that its oil imports are determined by its national interests and large consumer base.

New Delhi has not condemned Russia since the start of the conflict and has maintained its independent position. However, New Delhi has consistently called for an end to violence and advocated for peace and diplomacy in several UN forums.

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