WASHINGTON: The White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden will have a video conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, the United States has clarified that it does not want India to increase its reliance on Russian energy.
“President Biden will continue our close discussions on the repercussions of Russia’s cruel assault against Ukraine, as well as how to mitigate its destabilising influence on global food supply and commodities markets,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Sunday.
“We will not establish a “red line” for India when it comes to energy imports from Russia, but we do not like rapid acceleration,” said Daleep Singh, the US Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics, who recently visited India.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, it has purchased at least 13 million barrels of Russian crude oil at substantial discounts because of Western sanctions against Russian firms. Data obtained by Reuters reveals that this compares to around 16 million barrels for the entire year.
A few weeks ago, Vice President Joe Biden showed that only India in the Quadruple Alliance was “shaky” in its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In contrast to the United States, Japan, and Australia, the South Asian nation has not placed sanctions on Russia despite its attempts to balance its connections to Russia and the West.