United States discourages India from depending on Russia for its defense needs

United States discourages India from depending on Russia for its defense needs. 

Washington: Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby stated that the United States discourages India from relying on Russia for its defense needs.

“We’ve made it clear to India and other countries that we don’t want them to rely on Russia for their defense needs. 

So we’ve been entirely open and honest about it and discouraging it, “At a press conference today, Kirby told reporters.

“At the same time, we place a high emphasis on our defense cooperation with India. And, as we saw a week ago, we’re looking for ways to improve it in the future. “We’re going to keep doing it because it’s vital, and it matters,” he said.

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“India is a security supplier in the area, which we cherish,” Kirby added.

Earlier, at a daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the US did not want New Delhi to buy Russian oil because of American sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine.

“We do not believe India should accelerate or increase its imports of Russian energy and other goods, even though individual countries make those decisions,” she said.

“And (the US) is also making clear that we stand ready to support India in any efforts to diversify its imports and serve as a trustworthy supplier, even though they only import around 1% to 2% of their oil from Russia,” she said in answer to a question.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Stefano Sannino. 

They emphasized that such support would have consequences for our respective ties with China. 

They will continue to push China not to bypass or weaken sanctions against Russia and not offer any form of support for Russia’s actions against Ukraine.


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