Moscow. Many countries of Europe, including the US-UK, imposed strict sanctions on Russia regarding the Ukraine war. Despite several appeals at the international level, India did not impose any such sanctions on Russia while playing friendship. India continued to import oil from Russia even after the US objected. Now Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told on Friday why India distanced itself from sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine war. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, ‘India’s foreign policy is not captivated by anyone. Its independent mood is its specialty. America may not have understood this yet, but Russia knows and understands it very well.
According to a report in the Moscow Times, a statement issued by the Embassy of Russia quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying that India has publicly accepted any appeal to join the ban on the country’s energy purchases. is rejected. Lavrov also referred to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar in this regard.
Lavrov’s statement came on the day the G7 finance ministers met. In this, the group countries agreed to impose a price cap on Russian oil to avoid a hike in oil prices. Moscow had said that it would not sell oil to implementing 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 him in sanctions on Russian energy purchases.
Lavrov further said that India has always been one of Russia’s major priorities. Russia’s relations with India are now known as a Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. He said that it is indeed a relationship which is developing strongly. India rests on a strong foundation of friendship since the struggle for independence.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said the two countries have close cooperation in the energy sector with Russian companies operating in India, while the latter are setting up shop in Siberia and the Far East. He said, “Our relationship in the agriculture sector is diverse. The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is one of the mainstays of our strategic partnership.
Ready for oil export agreement with India: Lavrov
The Russian Foreign Minister gave clear answers to questions asked on issues ranging from India’s policy of neutrality to oil imports. He said that if India wants to import oil from Russia, then everything from US sanctions to payment system, will be cleared. “If India wants to buy anything from us, we are ready to negotiate and negotiate in mutual interest,” 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 is also based on the principles of Indian foreign policy. This is the reason why we have friendly relations between the two big countries and we are trustworthy partners of each other. Referring to the traditional India-Russia relations, he said that we have built strong relations with India for many decades and these relations determine the direction of our dialogue.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 03, 2022, 05:00 IST