India Scoops Up Cheap Russian Coal After Scolding Europe for Gas Purchases

India Scoops Up Cheap Russian Coal After Scolding Europe for Gas Purchases


The government of India this weekend followed up on its feisty refusal to apologize for buying huge amounts of Russian oil by refusing to apologize for buying huge amounts of Russian coal.

The situation is much the same as it was with Russian oil: India needs the fuel, and Russia is offering steep discounts due to international sanctions, so they struck some deals.

Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar scolded Europeans for hypocrisy this month because they accused India of “funding the war” in Ukraine by purchasing Russian oil, even as Europe continued buying Russian energy products.

Reuters on Saturday noted the Biden administration told India it did not want to see a “rapid acceleration” of energy imports from Russia, but that is

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