India Buying Discounted Russian Oil No Violation Of US Sanctions, Says White House
Washington: The White House has said that India taking up Russia’s offer of discounted crude oil would not be a violation of American sanctions.
“Our message to any country continues to be that abide by the sanctions that we have put in place and recommended,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was quoted as saying in a daily news conference by news agency PTI on Tuesday.
Asked about a report on the possibility that India could take up the Russian offer of discounted crude oil, Psaki said, “I don’t believe this would be violating that (sanctions).
“But also think about where you want to stand when history books are written at this moment in time. Support for the Russian leadership is support for an invasion that obviously is having a devastating impact,” Psaki added.
Meanwhile, the Russian invasion of Ukraine was not supported by India. New Delhi has consistently urged all stakeholders to resolve differences via dialogue. It has, however, abstained in all United Nations resolutions against Russia.