The United States Warns India of ‘Consequences’ Over Energy Imports From Russia

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The US has warned India against circumventing sanctions placed by Western countries on Russia in response to its assault on Ukraine. It also stressed that such countries will face “consequences” and that Moscow will not come to New Delhi’s aid if China breaches its contentious border with India again.

“I come here in a spirit of friendship to explain the mechanisms of our sanctions, the importance of joining us, to express a shared resolve, and to advance shared interests. And yes, there are consequences to countries that actively attempt to circumvent or backfill the sanctions,” Daleep Singh, the US Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics said while talking in New Delhi.

Singh is considered to be the architect of ongoing US sanctions on Russia.
“We are very keen for all countries, especially our allies and partners, not to create mechanisms that prop up the [Russian] rouble, and those that attempt to undermine the dollar-based financial system,” He further added.

Last week, officials of the Bank of Russia, the country’s central bank, met Reserve Bank of India officials to discuss alternative payment mechanisms and routing through banks that are immune to international sanctions, and India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar told parliament that a special inter-ministerial group led by the finance ministry had been tasked with resolving the payment issues for import and export with Russia caused by the sanctions.
When asked how India’s ties with Russia could affect its partnership with the US in the Quad, Mr. Singh, according to The Hindu, said there was a “shared recognition in the Quad that China is a strategic threat to a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific.”
“Russia is going to be the junior partner in this relationship with China. And the more leverage that China gains over Russia, the less favorable that is for India, I don’t think anyone would believe that if China once again breached the Line of Actual Control, Russia will come running to India’s defense,” he observed.

Western countries have imposed further sanctions against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, with the goal of isolating it from the global economy. New Delhi has urged for an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine but has hesitated to denounce Moscow’s actions publicly. Earlier, US President Joe Biden has also mentioned that India is “somewhat shaky” in acting against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, as it tries to balance its ties with Russia and the West.

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