S Jaishankar: Don’t tie India-China face-off to Ukraine; Jaishankar to Europe | India News

NEW DELHI: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Friday again criticized Europe for thinking “Europe’s problems are the world’s problems”, while reiterating that India is not on the fence on the Ukraine issue and rejecting suggestions that the New Delhi’s “support” to Russia the international community’s support to India in its tensions with China.
Jaishankar also said that Europe itself, while complaining about India’s oil imports from Russia, had designed its sanctions against Russia taking into account its gas needs and the well-being of the people. “Isn’t buying Russian gas financing the war? Is it only Indian money and oil coming to India that finances it, but not the gas coming to Europe? Let’s be a little honest here,” he said.
He attended a conference in Bratislava and said that “Nowhere else the Chinese need precedent on how they can or cannot involve us or be difficult with us or not be difficult with us”. He said that Europe must grow out of thinking that its problems are the problems of the world, but that the world’s problems are not Europe’s problems.
“In terms of the connection you make, we have a difficult relationship with China and we can manage it very well. If I get global understanding and support, that’s obviously something for me,” he said. “But this idea that I’m doing a trade – I’m getting into one conflict because it’ll help me into conflict two – that’s not how the world works. Many of our problems in China have nothing to do with Ukraine and have nothing to do with Russia. They are dated.”
Jaishankar was asked why he thinks someone will help New Delhi in the event of a problem with China when it has not helped others for Ukraine. “Somehow Europe has to grow out of the mindset that Europe’s problems are the world’s problems, but the world’s problems are not Europe’s problems. That if it’s you, it’s yours, if it’s me, it’s ours. I see reflections of that,” he said.
“If I were to take Europe collectively, which has been particularly quiet about a lot of things that are happening, for example in Asia, you might wonder why anyone in Asia would rely on Europe in anything,” he said.
Jaishankar said India condemned the killings in Ukraine’s Bucha and also favored an investigation. “First of all, you are misrepresenting our position, for example when Bucha happened, we convicted Bucha and we even asked for an investigation into Bucha,” he said.
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