Yes, India would have been this neutral. When the rest of the world is reeling from an oil shortage & OPEC is cutting production, to get very large quantities of crude oil at a discounted rate is nothing short of brilliant. Also, your theory that we would have gotten better discounts if we didn't have a dependency on Russia - Would you care to name an example of one country that doesn't have a dependency on Russian weapons & has gotten a better discount?
Why should India take sides in Russia - Ukraine war? Also, Indian businesses are taking this opportunity to move into Russia and gain access to the markets vacated by Western companies. Contrary to what people may think it is not about weapons all the time. It is about what is good for India.
you are diverting from the main topic we were discussing, the topic effect of foreign oems on our sovereignty and foreign affairs, anyways china isn't militarily dependent on russia yet it is getting near equal amount of discount,
russian market is many times smaller than the eu and our borderline support of russia will most probably hurt and delay indo-eu free trade agreement. (we will lose more money without this fta than we will earn from russia)
we aren't neutral in this conflict neutrality means not supporting both sides but by buying russian oil we are supporting russia. europeans are buying russian oil but they are off-setting that by dumping billions worth of arms in ukraine, what are we doing to offset our oil purchase
you know what's funny chinese red cross sent more aid to ukraine than indian government.
yes we have saved a lot of money by buying discounted russian oil (and we should praise indian government for that but we could have gotten the same discount by less effort if we weren't dependent on russia militarily) but lets not pretend like we are neutral, we are not.
contrary to what you think our biggest reason for supporting russia is our military dependence on them, we can change our oil suppliers in a week but we can't do the same with our weapons suppliers
and FYI i am not against indian neutrality in this war, what i am saying is that without military dependence on russia we could have been more neutral "neutral" because of better bargaining chips.
for example if we weren't dependent on russia militarily our foreign policy choices would have been more wider, like i dunno sending more humanitarian aid to ukraine