Europe imports 6 times more oil from Russia than India: External Affairs Minister Jaishankar bluntly2 min read
Vienna. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has defended India’s move to import crude oil from Russia despite Western powers’ discontent, saying Europe has imported six times more fossil fuel from Russia than India since February 2022. Jaishankar, who arrived here from Cyprus on the second leg of his two-nation tour, also said that the European political leadership would like to minimize the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on its population, and that is a privilege he should extend to other political leadership as well. Wanted.
Jaishankar said this during an interview given to Austrian national broadcaster ORF on Monday. He said, ‘Europe has managed to reduce its imports in a comfortable way. If at 60,000 euros (per capita income), you care that much about your population, then I have a population with an income of 2,000 US dollars. I also need energy, and I am not in a position to pay the high price for oil.’
Why didn’t Europe cut off power from Moscow on February 25?
Jaishankar also said that since February 2022, Europe has imported six times more energy from Russia than India. He said in response to a question, “If it was a matter of principle, why didn’t Europe cut off electricity from Moscow on February 25?” India’s desire for Russian oil has increased ever since Moscow started offering it at a discount because the West has given up its oil to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
Western countries have been asking India to give up Russian oil.
It is noteworthy that Russia started attacking Ukraine on 24 February 2022 and since then Western countries have been asking countries to sacrifice Russian oil to punish it. The Indian government has been staunchly defending its oil trade with Russia, saying that it would buy oil from where it would be cheapest.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 03, 2023, 18:07 IST