Opposition praises Foreign Minister!!
Mr Jaishankar addressed the joint briefing along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and their American counterparts, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, after the 2+2 ministerial talks. During the joint press briefing, Mr Jaishankar, when asked by reporters in the US, about President Joe Biden’s push for India to cut energy imports from Russia. The foreign Minister said “I noticed you refer to oil purchases. If you are looking at energy purchases from Russia, I would suggest that your attention should be focused on Europe. We do buy some energy, which is necessary for our energy security. But I suspect looking at the figures, probably our total purchases for the month would be less than what Europe does in an afternoon.”.
This was hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Biden’s virtual meet last evening.
“Superb from EAM,” tweeted Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, using clapping emojis while sharing the video of Mr Jaishankar’s comments. This is one of the rare occasions where the BJP led government earned a praise for the from the Shiv Sena, a former ally-turned-bitter rival of the ruling BJP.
In a briefing, the White House also noted that India’s total oil purchase is less than one and two per cent compared to 10 per cent from the United States.