From Russian oil to human rights: Three times Jaishankar hit West, US out of the park

New Delhi, Apr 14: When one says India’s foreign policy the thought goes straight to External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar. His comebacks at the West have been particularly strong following the military action that Russia launched in Ukraine.

India’s stand on the issue is that it was immediate cessation of hostilities apart from wanting Russia and Ukraine to engage in peace talks.

The West and the United have been pressurising India not to purchase Russian oil. Jaishankar has at least on two occasions explained the logic behind the move while also making it clear that for him India’s interests are above anything.

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Despite heavy sanctions how did Russia’s Ruble roar again

New Delhi, Apr 07: The Ruble was dubbed as rubble by US President, Joe Biden ever since the war in Ukraine began.

Following the military action by Russia, scores of sanctions followed. This sank Russia to a record low of 121.5 Rubles per dollar. However that has changed now and the Ruble surged back to where it was before the war in Ukraine began. The Ruble closed at 79.7 in Moscow on Wednesday.

This brings us to the question about the impact the sanctions have had on Russia. It becomes clear that the actions are toothless. The West continues to consume Russian gas and oil and this has supported the Ruble.

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On US warning on oil purchase from Russia, India makes a strong comeback

New Delhi, Apr 01: External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar said that the European nations were among the biggest buyers of Russian oil and gas. He made the remarks at a conversation with his British counterpart Liz Truss who was on a day long visit to New Delhi.

Jaishankar defended India’s decision to obtain good deals for energy supplies amidst the volatility in global markets. He was responding to a question on India taking up Russia’s offer of crude oil at discounted prices.

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Behind the scenes: How India undertook an impossible evacuation drive from Sumy

New Delhi, Mar 09: Amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, India faced a Herculean task in evacuating its nationals, especially students. India had back to back diplomatic engagements with Russia and Ukraine and on Tuesday all the Indian nationals stranded at Sumy in eastern Ukraine were evacuated.

The journey for the 700 students was not an easy one. They travelled around 175 kilometres in buses and reached Poltava, which has has not been affected by the ongoing conflict.

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In call with Zelensky, PM Modi seeks continued support in evacuating Indians

New Delhi, Mar 07: Prime Minister Modi spoke on phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today amidst the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Government sources tell OneIndia that the call lasted 35 minutes and the two leaders discussed the evolving situation in Ukraine.

During the call, PM Modi appreciated the continuing direct dialogue between Russia and Ukraine. He also thanked Zelensky for the help extended by the Government of Ukraine in the evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine.

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Back-channel: How India is undertaking the evacuation drive from Ukraine

New Delhi, Mar 04: Ever since the war in Ukraine began, the phone lines in Delhi have been busy with the top priority being evacuation of Indians. India and Russia have had several conversations over the past week to ensure that Indians are safely evacuated from Ukraine.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval spoke with his counterpart Nikolai Patrushev. During the call, NSA Doval pushed for the safe passage of Indians from the cities in Ukraine facing heavy fighting.

The Russian Security Council Press Secretary said that Yevgeny Anoshin said that Patrushev held a phone call with NSA, Doval. They discussed the status and prospects of security cooperation between Russia and India.

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Rescuing its nationals: When India says, ‘we won’t rest,’ we mean it

New Delhi, Mar 02: We will not rest till our fellow Indians are safe, said Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar as India continued with the evacuation of Indians from Ukraine.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been at the forefront and has held a series of meetings to ensure that the evacuation is flawless and every Indian comes back safely. He even ordered the IAF to be part of this mission.

On Monday the government also sent four Union Ministers to the bordering nations with Ukraine to speed up the evacuation of Indians stranded in Ukraine. India has undertaken many complex missions, thus suggesting how proactive the machinery has been.

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As India ramps up evacuation unabated, UK, US turn their backs on their nationals

New Delhi, Feb 28: India is on a war-footing to evacuate its nationals from Ukraine. Since the outbreak of war, India has opened all diplomatic channels to ensure that it is able to evacuate all its nationals from Ukraine.

Following the Russian military offensive against Ukraine, India has brought back a total of 907 stranded citizens from that country since Saturday when the first evacuation flight from Bucharest with 219 people on board landed in Mumbai under Operation Ganga.

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Ukraine: PM Modi decides to send Union Ministers to coordinate evacuation of Indians

New Delhi, Feb 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on an urgent high-level meeting on the Ukraine crisis today.

Government sources tell OneIndia that Union Ministers Hardeep Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju and Gen. V K Singh will travel to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation mission and help students. These Ministers will be going as Special Envoys of India, the source also said.

As many as 688 Indian nationals returned here on Sunday from strife-torn Ukraine on board three Air India evacuation flights from Romanian capital Bucharest and Hungarian capital Budapest.

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Why India abstained on the UNSC resolution on Russia

New Delhi, Feb 26: In the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine India abstained on the vote on the draft resolution.

T S Tirumurti, Ambassador of India to the United Nations said that India is deeply disturbed by the recent developments in Ukraine. We urge that all efforts are made for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities, he said. No solution can be arrived at, at the cost of human lives, he further added.

We are deeply concerned about the welfare and security of the Indian community, including a large number of Indian students, he said. The contemporary global order has been built on the UN Charter, international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, Tirumurti also added.

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