Wednesday, April 17, 2024

US has no problem if India gets discounted oil from Russia

India taking up Russia’s offer of discounted crude oil would not be a violation of American sanctions: This has come from no other than the White House itself. 

However, the White House also said the oil deal between India and Russia will come off as support to Russia when the “history books are written.”

“Our message to any country continues to be that abide by the sanctions that we have put in place and recommended,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference on Tuesday. Responding to a query on the possibility of India taking up the Russian offer of discounted crude oil, Psaki said that it won’t be a violation of sanctions. “I don’t believe this would be violating that (sanctions),” the White House Press Secretary said.  

“But also think about where you want to stand when history books are written at this moment in time. Support for the Russian leadership is support for an invasion that obviously is having a devastating impact,” Psaki added explaining the situation. 

New Delhi, in the past weeks, has been asking all stakeholders to resolve differences through dialogue. 

However, India’s decision to abstain from all United Nations resolutions against Russia came off as a neutral move.

On March 8, US President Joe Biden announced a ban on all imports of Russian oil, gas as well as energy. Biden stated that Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at US ports. 

The US President highlighted that other European countries might not be able to impose the ban on the Russian oil sector as the US produces far more oil domestically than all the European countries.

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