As the Times of India notes, a representative of the U.S. administration made such a statement on the eve of the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to India.

The U.S. has warned India of “serious risks” in the event of an increase in oil purchases from Russia. This was reported on Thursday by the Times of India newspaper, citing a representative of the United States administration.

“A significant increase in India’s purchases of oil from Russia may expose New Delhi to a great risk, as Washington is preparing to strengthen sanctions against Russia in connection with the events in Ukraine,” the publication quotes a statement from a White House representative.

According to him, “the United States does not object to India buying Russian oil, but on condition that it does so at reduced prices and without a significant increase in volumes compared to previous years.” “We allow an increase in such purchases, but only some,” the source added.

“Everything India does must comply with the sanctions [against Russia], otherwise it may face serious consequences.”

As the Times of India notes, a representative of the US administration made such a statement on the eve of the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to India starting on Thursday.

Oil refining companies in India, the world’s third oil importer, have increased purchases of Russian oil at reduced prices since February 24. Over the past month, they have purchased 13 million barrels of Russian oil compared to 16 million barrels for the whole of 2021.