India defended its purchases of Russian oil and gas Monday amid a US push for nations around the world to curb acquisitions, saying Europe’s consumption far surpasses India’s, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported. External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar lashed out at criticism over India’s purchases of Russian energy, saying they are necessary to secure the nation’s energy security.
“If you’re looking at energy purchases from Russia, I would suggest that your attention should be focused on Europe,” he said during a meeting of the Indian and American top diplomats and defence secretaries in Washington. “Looking at the figures, probably our total purchases for the month would be less than what Europe does in an afternoon.”
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