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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Chinese foreign minister in India: What is on the cards

New Delhi, Mar 25: China’s foreign minister Wang Yi who arrived in New Delhi last night will meet with External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval on March 25 and discuss the way forward on the LAC issue.

He will be in India on a day-long visit before he flies to Kathmandu. NSA Doval is his counterpart in the Special Representative Dialogue on boundary resolution.

India and China will hold discussions on Ukraine. Further discussions on the restoration of economic cooperation with India and parallel dialogue on the boundary issue would take place.

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LAC, Ukraine on table during Wang Yi’s meeting with Jaishankar, Doval

Wang Yi

New Delhi, Mar 24: China’s foreign minister Wang Yi will meet with External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval on March 25 and discuss the way forward on the LAC issue.

Sources tell OneIndia that a meeting between Yi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being worked out. He will be in India on a day long visit before he flies to Kathmandu.

NSA Doval is his counterpart in the Special Representative Dialogue on boundary resolution.

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After undertaking very successful evacuation in Ukraine, Operation Ganga to slow down

New Delhi, Mar 10: After a successful evacuation out of Sumy in Ukraine, the last of the planned flights to bring Indians back will depart today. With a large number of Indian nationals being pulled out of Ukraine, India has begun slowing down the evacuation efforts.

India undertook a massive operation to evacuate its nationals and in the days to come Operation Ganga may not be on the same scale as the goal has been reached. However some Indians still remain in very small numbers in remote pockets of Ukraine. Some of them have expressed that they would not want to leave as they have their roosts in Ukraine.

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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 Putin, PM Modi appreciates creation of humanitarian corridor

New Delhi, Mar 07: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Russian President, Vladimir Putin today. Government sources tell OneIndia that the call lasted 50 minutes.

The two leaders discussed the evolving situation in Ukraine. President Putin briefed Prime Minister Modi on the status of negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian teams.

Prime Minister Modi urged President Putin to hold direct talks with President Zelensky of Ukraine, in addition to the ongoing negotiations between their teams.

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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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