New Delhi, India: The Principal Deputy Spokesperson of the United States Department of State, Vedant Patel, in an interview, reiterated that every Country would decide on its own as he was questioned about India’s relations with Russia and continuing to import oil from Russia. Elaborating on the same, he also clarified the role of the oil price cap in the energy markets.
According to Patel, “ All price cap does is to ensure a continuous supply of energy into market to meet its demand; while making sure that the profits to Russia remain incapable of funding its war undertakings. “
On being questioned about India’s stance over major international events, including the Ukraine conflict, Vedant Patel responded, “India, in its latest role as G20 President, is moving ahead with ambitious agendas. And In fact, the United States is completely willing to partner with India in the fulfilment of these ambitions.
Further, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar have been firm over their stance that “this isn’t t the time of war” and a peaceful resolution needs to be made that complies with the United Nations charter.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also discussed the Ukraine conflict with Russia President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Samarkand. Notably, India has advocated for peace and insisted on the resolution of the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.
Furthermore, Vedant Patel also spoke about the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting, which was held on March 2 in New Delhi., where the nations discussed highly significant issues, which included food security, energy security and the economic relations between the nations.
Patel further hailed the India-US relations, calling them to be one of the most consequential bilateral relationships, which shares values and vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. “We have to remember that India and the United States are two of the world’s largest democracies, which share a lot of values and priorities,” he said.