US said ready to support India in diversifying energy imports

The US is ready to support India in diversifying its energy imports, with the White House reiterating its desire that New Delhi not buy oil from Russia amid US sanctions on Moscow for attacking Ukraine. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the remarks on Wednesday at a time when there was growing uneasiness in the West over India’s signal to buy large quantities of subsidized crude from Russia.

On Monday, the White House said the US believes that imports of Russian energy and other goods will “accelerate” while offering to work with New Delhi to help reduce its reliance on imports from Moscow. or increase” is not in India’s interest. “I don’t think India should accelerate or increase its imports of Russian energy and other goods, although, obviously, these decisions are made by individual countries,” Saki told reporters at her daily news conference.

And (the US) is also making it clear that we stand ready to support India in any effort to diversify its imports and serve as a reliable supplier, even if they source only a fraction of their oil from Russia. Importing only 2%. Said in response to a question. India gets most of its energy supply from the Middle East and about 7.5 to 8 per cent from the US, whereas in the past purchases from Russia were less than one per cent.

Asserting that India is against the Russia-Ukraine conflict as no solution can be found by shedding blood, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that if New Delhi has chosen one side, it is the side of peace and its immediate is the end. violence. Jaishankar also said that it was unfair and unfair to politicize India’s actions in view of the situation in Ukraine.

He said that India’s vision should be guided by its national beliefs and values, national interest and its national strategy. US Deputy National Security Advisor Dalip Singh was in New Delhi recently to discuss Russian sanctions with Indian officials.

We have many ways to communicate and connect. And of course, sending our Deputy National Security Advisor is an example of that. But clearly, our priority will be to have a certain ambassador, Saki said. He said the nomination of US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles is pending in the US Senate as he does not have enough votes for confirmation.

Our priority has always been to have a certain ambassador on the ground. This is an incredibly important diplomatic position. We also connect with countries through multiple channels. And of course, our Deputy National Security Adviser was in India recently in the last few weeks, clearly explaining what the consequences would be for breaching sanctions and what the mechanisms are, Saki said. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday, a day after the US warned of the consequences of efforts to “stay” US sanctions against Moscow.

In his opening remarks in the talks, Jaishankar referred to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and said that India is in favor of resolving differences and disputes through dialogue and diplomacy. “We have diversified our collaboration by expanding our agenda. Our meeting today is taking place in a difficult international environment apart from the pandemic,” he said.

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