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US on reports that India accepted Russian oil offer at cut price

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India’s acceptance of Russia’s discounted crude oil offer would not violate US sanctions, the White House has said. “Our message to all countries continues to be to respect the sanctions that we have put in place and recommended,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily press briefing on Tuesday.

Asked about a report on the possibility that India could accept the Russian offer of crude oil at a reduced price, Psaki said: “I don’t think it would violate that (the sanctions).” “But also think about the position you want to take when the history books are being written right now. Support for the Russian leadership is support for an invasion which obviously has a devastating impact,” Psaki added.

India did not support the Russian invasion of Ukraine. New Delhi has always called on all stakeholders to resolve differences through dialogue. It has, however, abstained in all United Nations resolutions against Russia.

Biden administration officials showed an understanding of India’s position and told lawmakers that New Delhi was heavily dependent on Russian military supplies for its national security. However, Indo-American Congressman Dr. Ami Bera expressed disappointment at reports that India was planning to buy Russian oil at a heavily discounted rate.

“If the reports are accurate and India makes the decision to buy Russian oil at a cut price, New Delhi would choose to side with Vladimir Putin at a pivotal moment in history when countries around the world are united in support of the Ukrainian people and against Russia’s murderous invasion,” he said.

“As the world’s largest democracy and as the leader of the Quad, India has a responsibility to ensure that its actions do not directly or indirectly support Putin and his invasion,” Bera said in a statement.

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