External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the government is examining various aspects, including the payment aspect, due to the emerging problem in dealing with Russia.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the government was examining various aspects related to trade, including various aspects related to payments, in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Little.
In reply to a supplementary during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Mr Jaishankar said, “Due to the emerging problem in dealing with Russia, the government is examining various aspects including the payment aspect”.
He told the House that there is a group within the government made up of various ministries headed by the Finance Ministry to investigate these matters.
With regard to oil trade with Russia, he said, “We import very little (crude) oil to Russia. It is less than one percent of our imports. Many countries import 20 times as much oil from us (from Russia). Huh.”
On various developments in India’s neighborhood after the Russia-Ukraine conflict, he said, “There are many developments in our neighborhood and we are monitoring them very carefully”.
On India’s stand on the conflict, he said, “Our position is not this, this is not our problem. Our position is that we are for peace. When the prime minister spoke to the presidents (of Russia and Ukraine), he said There was clearly the intention at that time to evacuate the students…but what we could do was a great conversation that led to an end to hostilities and a return to dialogue and diplomacy. I think that sentiment is today in many countries. widely shared by us. We have clarified this very strongly”.
He also told the House that India pays attention to all international developments, including the Russia-Ukraine (conflict), and that India monitors it in its own national perspective and fashion strategy in accordance with those developments.
On trade in the midst of Russia-Ukraine crisis, he said, “Indian foreign policy decisions are made in the Indian national interest and we are guided by our own thinking, ideas and interests. Therefore, there is no way of linking Ukraine’s position with trade issues.” There is no question.” ,
India’s position on Ukraine is based on six principles, the minister told the House.
First, India calls for an immediate end to violence and enmity, he said, adding that India stands for peace.
Secondly, he said, India believes that there is no other way but to return through the path of dialogue and diplomacy.
The third principle is that India recognized that the global order is based on respect for the law, the United Nations Charter and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states, according to Mr. Jaishankar.
Fourth is that India calls for humanitarian access in the event of conflict, he said.
The fifth is that India gives humanitarian aid, he said. The nation has so far given 90 tonnes of humanitarian aid. India is looking at providing more, especially medicines.
Lastly, India is in touch with the leadership of both Russia and Ukraine, he said, adding that the prime minister himself has spoken to the presidents of both the countries.
He also told the House in his written reply that “we have been able to safely bring home 22,500 Indian nationals, including 147 foreign nationals from 18 countries, from Ukraine since February 2022.”
He said that as per available records, India has exported pharmaceutical products worth $203.68 million to Pakistan from April 2021 to December 2021.
Certain instances of non-payment of dues by Pakistani importers to Indian exporters of pharmaceutical products have been brought to our notice. As per available data, the total amount owed to Indian exporters is around $4,30,000, he said.
The matter of dues has been taken up with the concerned authorities in Pakistan through the High Commission of India in Islamabad. He said that Pakistani officials are yet to return to the issue.
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