The White House made comments on India purchasing Russian oil on Friday, amid Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s visit to the US.

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In a press conference, John Kirby, the NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications, told the media that India has the freedom to choose whether or not to buy Russian oil. He also expressed the expectation that India’s purchase of Russian oil will continue to be done so within the previous precedent of the price cap or below.

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During the press briefing, the official from the White House acknowledged their appreciation with Prime Minister Modi’s recent state visit to the White House. He emphasized the successful meeting between President Biden, Prime Minister Modi, and the heads of American and Indian businesses.

Kirby in a statement said “PM Modi just concluded a very successful state visit to the White House today. PM Modi and President Biden had a meeting between senior officials and CEOs of American and Indian companies. PM Modi and President Biden reaffirmed that the relationship between India and the US is deeper and more expansive than ever.”

He also clarified in the address that Prime Minister Modi is not related to China. He admitted that India faces challenges with China in close proximity. The discussions during the visit did address the challenges posed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to both nations.

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PM Narendra Modi is currently on a visit to the United States from June 21 to June 24, accepting an invitation from President Joe Biden and the First Lady. He took part in a celebration of the International Day of Yoga at the UN’s New York headquarters while he was there. After there, he made his way to Washington, where he met with Vice President Biden and gave an address at the US Congress joint session.