By The Advocate News
India has however been diversifying with big imports from France, the US and Israel.
It has also been making more equipment itself, including an aircraft carrier which is undergoing sea trials.
India meets about 85 percent of all its energy needs with imports, and the recent rise in oil prices because of the Ukraine war is causing additional hardship for hundreds of millions of Indians.
New Delhi has been buying up discounted Russian oil and is working with Moscow on a rupee-rouble trade mechanism to facilitate trade, according to media reports.
A team from Russia’s central bank is in India this week to discuss payment mechanisms, the Hindu daily reported.
“When the highest god of the West, US President Joe Biden, has already said that India is shaky on Russia and we have ignored it already, why should we be worried about the way some in the West see this visit?” New Delhi-based Russia expert Nandan Unnikrishnan from the Observer Research Foundation told AFP.
“We should look at everything from the prism of our own national interests. The Western perspectives won’t determine our national interests.”
“The economy,” the White House stated.
‘New World Order’
Lavrov was scheduled to arrive in India from China, which has also refused to condemn the invasion and has provided diplomatic cover for Russia, which is becoming increasingly isolated.
Lavrov stated in a video released ahead of a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that the world is “living through a very serious stage in the history of international relations.”
Lavrov stated that at the end of this reshaping of global relations, “we, together with you and our sympathisers, will move towards a multipolar, just, democratic world order.”
Lavrov was scheduled to attend meetings on Afghanistan hosted by China that included diplomats from the United States and the Taliban-led country’s neighbors — but not India, which was not invited.
Despite Wang’s visit to India last week, India’s relations with China deteriorated sharply after 20 Indian troops and four Chinese soldiers died in a brawl on their disputed Himalayan border in 2020.
– Old acquaintances –
For decades, India and Russia have had a close relationship.
New Delhi, which refers to Moscow as a “longstanding and time-tested friend,” obtains the majority of its critical military hardware from Russia.
India’s Russian-origin arsenal includes approximately 3,500 battle tanks, the majority of its combat Sukhoi and MiG aircraft, the country’s only operational aircraft carrier, eight non-nuclear submarines, and four destroyers.
India also has significant Russian orders pending, including a $5 billion deal for S-400 air defense systems, the first deliveries of which began last year, as well as four frigates and one nuclear-powered submarine.
However, the company has been diversifying with large imports from France, the United States, and Israel.
It has also been producing more equipment on its own, including an aircraft carrier that is currently undergoing sea trials.
India imports approximately 85 percent of its total energy needs, and the recent rise in oil prices as a result of the Ukraine war is causing additional hardship for hundreds of millions of Indians.
According to media reports, New Delhi has been buying discounted Russian oil and is collaborating with Moscow on a rupee-rouble trade mechanism to facilitate trade.
According to the Hindu, a team from Russia’s central bank is in India this week to discuss payment mechanisms.
“When the highest god of the West, US President Joe Biden, has already stated that India is a threat to the West,”
shaky on Russia, and we’ve already ignored it, why should we be concerned about how some in the West perceive this visit?” According to Nandan Unnikrishnan of the Observer Research Foundation, a Russia expert based in New Delhi.
“Everything should be viewed through the lens of our own national interests.” Our national interests will not be determined by Western perspectives.”