India was invited to the G7 because the agenda is ‘deep and diverse’, inseparable from Russia: the United States MIGMG News



US National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby. (Photo: ANI)

Washington: US National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby said on Friday (local time) that India had been invited to attend the G7 because the agenda was “deep and diverse” and “not about trying to separate them from Russia”.

It is not about trying to break them up or persuading them to walk away from any other association or partnership they might have with another country. This is not the goal here. The goal is to unite around a set of common principles and initiatives, Kirby said, adding that “the G7 wants progress on climate change, energy and food security.”

The National Security Council coordinator made the remarks at a press conference on Friday while responding to a question about the slogan for inviting developing countries such as India, Indonesia and South Africa to the G7 summit.

Earlier, amid reports of a rise in India’s energy imports from Russia, Kirby said that India is a very key strategic partner in the Indo-Pacific region, and the United States is allowing Indian leaders to talk about their economic policies.

Kirby said in a press briefing on Tuesday that the United States values ​​this bilateral relationship with India, but Washington wants international pressure on Russia amid the Ukraine conflict.

“India is also a major strategic partner in the Indo-Pacific. There are many ways in which the partnership represents itself in both defense and security, as well as economic. I think we will let the Indian leaders talk about their economic policies.

“What I can say is that we value this bilateral relationship with India and we still want each country to make these decisions themselves. These are sovereign decisions but we want to put as much international pressure as possible on Russia.”

India has in recent weeks increased energy imports from Russia despite global sanctions against Moscow. US officials have conveyed a message to India that there is no ban on energy imports from Russia, but they do not want to see a rapid acceleration.

A number of institutional mechanisms have been put in place for the development of economic cooperation between India and Russia.

But the Ukraine war and subsequent sanctions imposed by Western countries proved to be an obstacle to trade.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar earlier this month responded to the unfair criticism of India’s oil purchases from Russia amid the Ukraine war that has created an intermittent effect on the global economy.

While defending India’s oil imports from Russia, Jaishankar stressed that it is important to understand how the conflict in Ukraine affects developing countries. He also questioned why only India is being questioned while Europe continues to import gas from Russia amid the Ukraine war.

Asked whether importing Indian oil from Russia is not financing the ongoing Ukraine war, Jaishankar said, “Look, I don’t want to sound polemical. If India is financing Russia, Russia’s oil is financing the war… Tell me, buying gas is The Russian is not financing the war? The Indian money and the Russian oil that comes to India is only financing the war, not the Russian gas coming to Europe is not? Let’s be fair a bit.”

At the GLOBSEC 2022 Bratislava Forum in Slovakia, Jaishankar said, the sanctions packages imposed by the European Union were imposed taking into account the interests of some European countries.

“…If you can take care of yourself, you can take care of others. If Europe says, if we have to manage it in such a way that the impact on the economy is not painful, then that freedom must exist for other people as well.”

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