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Biden will speak to Modi as U.S. warns India on imports of Russian energy

Published Apr 10, 2022 11:02AM ET Updated Apr 10, 2022 11:25AM ET
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By Nandita Bose

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden will meet virtually with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, the White House said, at a time when the United States has made clear it does not want to see an uptick in Russian energy imports by India.

"President Biden will continue our close consultations on the consequences of Russia's brutal war against Ukraine and mitigating its destabilizing impact on global food supply and commodity markets," Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Sunday.

Daleep Singh, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics, who visited India recently, said the United States will not set any "red line" for India on its energy imports from Russia but does not want to see a "rapid acceleration" in purchases.

Lured by steep discounts following Western sanctions on Russian entities, India has bought at least 13 million barrels of Russian crude oil since the country invaded Ukraine in late February. That compared with some 16 million barrels for the whole of last year, data compiled by Reuters shows.

This meeting will precede the "U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial" meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, India External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and India Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, the White House said.

Biden, who last spoke to Modi in March, recently said that only India among the Quad group of countries was "somewhat shaky" in acting against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

The South Asian nation has tried to balance its ties with Russia and the West but unlike other members of the Quad countries - United States, Japan and Australia - it has not imposed sanctions on Russia.

Russia has long been India's biggest supplier of defence equipment despite growing purchases from the United States in the past decade. Defence analysts say Russian supplies are more cost competitive and vital for India as it faces a superior Chinese military.

Daleep Singh during his visit said the United States was ready to help India diversify its energy and defence supplies. India is the world’s third-biggest oil importer and consumer.

He also warned that the United States does not want its allies helping resurrect the rouble, which nosedived immediately after the war began but has recovered in recent days.

Ukraine on Sunday said it was seeking another round of European Union sanctions against Moscow and more military aid from its allies as it braces for a major Russian offensive in the east of the country.

Russia has failed to take any major cities since it launched its invasion on Feb. 24 but Ukraine says it has been gathering its forces in the east for a major assault and has urged people to flee.

Moscow has rejected accusations of war crimes by Ukraine and Western countries. It has denied targeting civilians in what it calls a "special operation" to demilitarise and "denazify" its southern neighbour. Ukraine and Western nations have dismissed this as a baseless pretext for war.

Biden and Modi will also discuss cooperation on a range of issues including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, countering the climate crisis, strengthening the global economy, and upholding a free, open, rules-based international order to bolster security, democracy, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, Psaki said.

Biden will speak to Modi as U.S. warns India on imports of Russian energy
 

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STEVE JACKSON
STEVE JACKSON Apr 12, 2022 5:47PM ET
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Sanctions have never worked. Never.
Ilya Kos
Ilya Kos Apr 12, 2022 4:17PM ET
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And what if not - sanctions?
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Apr 11, 2022 11:18PM ET
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Biden would rather destroy the world economy, than be a reasonable man.
JonMichael Patrick
JonMichael Patrick Apr 11, 2022 9:46PM ET
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let them buy more Russian military junk too. If you think Russias military has performed badly just wait. if India does ever have conflict with China, Russia will just cut them off and Europe and America won't be helping.
lup sup
lup sup Apr 11, 2022 9:46PM ET
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If there's ever a conflict bet India and China, Russia would mediate to resolve their differences. Why do they need US?
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lup sup Apr 11, 2022 9:46PM ET
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Besides, US have sold their junks to India before.
AJIT VAN
AJIT VAN Apr 11, 2022 1:20PM ET
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If USA is ready to arrange same quantity at same rate then India should stop that buying
AJIT VAN
AJIT VAN Apr 11, 2022 1:20PM ET
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If USA is ready to arrange same quantity at same rate then India should stop that buying
Yagnik Patel
Yagnik Patel Apr 11, 2022 11:17AM ET
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Modi should precident of USA.then see Lion Roar..
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Apr 11, 2022 7:35AM ET
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India wake up do not support the tyrant putin with your oil purchase and undermine the efforts to stop the russian war crimes in ukraine. This war will go directly into the historybooks and it will be documented who helped ukraine fight against an evil russia and so far India is doing nothing
SREEDHAR ASHOK
SREEDHAR ASHOK Apr 10, 2022 10:03PM ET
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US is an opportunistic country. They have fought more than 10 war like joint operations with almost all middle east and Afghanistan. Net result only destruction to entire world community. They may say so many reasons but rime has proved their intent is always wrong. Follow peace then preach.
sushil kumar
sushil kumar Apr 10, 2022 8:48PM ET
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This is war between NATO & Russia. Whole world is paying higher cost for this. What is necessaty to join Ukraine in NATO?
 
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