Not an India-related issue: MEA on Russian crude oil purchases


India again claimed on Thursday that its purchases of crude oil from Russia are guided by its energy security demands.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) spokesman Arindam Bagchi said many countries have made policy decisions with a similar perspective and that the sourcing of oil from Russia is not an India-related issue.

“We have consistently maintained that our approach is guided by our energy security requirements. You might notice that many regions and countries have recently made policy decisions with a similar perspective,” he said.

Bagchi responded to a question about India’s continued purchase of crude oil from Russia.

“We want to reiterate that this is not an India-related issue at all,” he said.

There has been some unrest in western capitals over India’s stance on the crisis in Ukraine and its decision to purchase Russian oil at a discount.

India has yet to condemn the Russian attack on Ukraine and has called for an immediate end to the violence and a solution to the crisis through diplomacy and dialogue.

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