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‘Don’t expect Russia to help you if China…’: US Deputy NSA Daleep Singh’s blunt message to India

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‘Don’t expect Russia to help you if China…’: US Deputy NSA Daleep Singh’s blunt message to India
Daleep Singh, US deputy National Security Advisor, who warned of consequences for countries trying to backfill sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine invasion, said the specific consequences are part of “private discussions”.(AP/PTI)

The US doesn’t want to see a “rapid acceleration” in India’s imports from Russia of energy and other commodities prohibited by global sanctions regimes and there will be consequences for countries that attempt to circumvent the embargoes imposed following the invasion of Ukraine, US deputy national security adviser Daleep Singh said on Thursday.

Singh, seen as the architect of American sanctions targeting President Vladimir Putin, his inner circle and the Russian financial system, cautioned India against expecting Russia to come to the country’s defence if China were to violate the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since Moscow and Beijing are now in a “no limits partnership”.

During an interaction with a small group of journalists amid his engagements with Indian interlocutors, Singh was unusually blunt in his remarks about the consequences for any country trying to backfill sanctions imposed on Russia for “Putin’s needless war” against Ukraine. However, he noted that friends such as the US and India don’t set “red lines” and his discussions in New Delhi amounted to an “honest dialogue” about protecting core principles underpinning global peace and security.

“What we would not like to see is a rapid acceleration of India’s imports from Russia as it relates to energy or any other any other exports that are currently being prohibited by the US or by other aspects of the international sanctions regime,” he said in response to a question about India’s recent decision to take up Russia’s offer of discounted crude oil.

While noting that US financial sanctions exempt energy payments and that there is currently no prohibition on energy imports from Russia, Singh said the US and its European allies have a shared interest in reducing their reliance on an “unreliable energy supplier” such as Russia.

“I come here in a spirit of friendship to explain the mechanisms of our sanctions, the importance of joining us to express shared resolve and to advance shared interests. And yes, there are consequences to countries that actively attempt to circumvent or backfill these sanctions,” he said, while also acknowledging that India and Russia are engaged in efforts to find a payments solution that is a workaround to the sanctions.

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