Union petroleum and natural gas minister Hardeep Singh Puri said India has not been told by anyone to stop buying oil from Russia. The Indian government has a moral duty to provide energy to its citizens and it will continue to buy oil from wherever it has to as this kind of a discussion can not be taken to the consuming popultion, the union minister said in Washington after his bilateral meeting with US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm. “If you are clear about your policy, which means you believe in energy security and energy affordability, you will buy from wherever you have to purchase energy from sources,” the minister said.

India will buy oil from wherever it has to for the simple reason that this kind of a discussion cannot be taken to the consuming population of India,” the minister said reiterating New Delhi’s stand on buying oil from Russia amid the ongoing Ukraine war. External affairs minister S Jaishankar, on several platforms, explained what went behind India’s decision to continue buying Russian oil. Recently, Jaishankar said PM Modi’s advice on the issue was to do what is best for the nation. “Due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, petrol prices doubled. We had pressure from where to buy the oil but PM Modi and the government were of the view that we have to do what is the best for our nation,” Jaishankar said.