Moscow. Many European countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have imposed strict sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine. Despite several appeals at the international level, India has not imposed such sanctions on Russia while playing friendship. India continued to import oil from Russia even after the objection of the United States. Today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained on Friday why India has distanced itself from sanctions against Moscow over the war in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: “India’s foreign policy is not captivated by anyone. Her independent temper is her specialty. America may not have understood it yet, but Russia knows it and understands it very well.
According to a Moscow Times report, a statement issued by the Russian Embassy quoting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that India had publicly accepted any calls to join the country’s energy purchase ban. Lavrov also referred to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar in this regard.
Lavrov’s statement came the day the G7 finance ministers met. In this, the countries of the group agreed to impose a price cap on Russian oil to avoid an increase in oil prices. Moscow had declared that it would not sell oil to the executing countries. Lavrov said at an event: “India does not want to be involved in sanctions. Indian leaders, including my colleague External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, have publicly rejected any attempt to include it in sanctions on Russian energy purchases.
Lavrov added that India has always been one of Russia’s top priorities. Russia’s relations with India are now known as the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. He said it is indeed a relationship that is developing strongly. India has rested on a solid foundation of friendship since the struggle for independence.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the two countries cooperate closely in the energy sector with Russian companies operating in India, while the latter are setting up in Siberia and the Far East. He said, “Our relationship in the agricultural sector is diverse. The Kudankulam nuclear power plant is one of the pillars of our strategic partnership.
Ready for oil export deal with India: Lavrov
The Russian foreign minister gave clear answers to questions posed on topics ranging from India’s policy of neutrality to oil imports. He said if India wanted to import oil from Russia, then everything from US sanctions to the payment system would be allowed. “If India wants to buy anything from us, we are ready to bargain and bargain for mutual benefit,” he said.
Russia is similar to India in terms of foreign policy
While giving his views on India’s foreign policy, he said that Russia’s foreign policy was also based on the principles of Indian foreign policy. This is why we have friendly relations between the two great countries and we are trusted partners for each other. Referring to traditional Indo-Russian relations, he said that we have built strong relations with India over many decades and these relations determine the direction of our dialogue.
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FIRST POST: 03 September 2022, 05:00 HST