Russian oil deal can put India on wrong side of history, says US

Mar 16, 2022 06:00 pm

With the Russian oil available to India at a discounted price White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned on Tuesday that it would not be a violation of US sanctions on Russia amid the Ukraine invasion.

“I don't believe this would be violating that [sanctions]” she said. “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,” she added further.

Earlier, in a statement on the matter, Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera said it was India's responsibility to ensure its actions do not support Russia and its invasion.

"If reports are accurate and India makes this decision to buy Russian oil at a discounted price, New Delhi would be choosing to side with Vladimir Putin at a pivotal moment in history when countries across the world are united in support of the Ukrainian people and against Russia's deadly invasion," he said.