India participated in UN Security Council Meeting held today and abstained on resolution that deplores the Russi’s aggression against Ukraine and said that ‘dialogue is the answer to settle differences and disputes’.
Russia chaired the meeting as it had the presidency for the month of February. China and United Arab Emirates also abstained from the resolution while as Russia used veto power and dismissed the resolution.
Other eleven members of the UN Security Council including powers like US, France and UK favoured the resolution but it could not pass as Russia used its veto power. The Permanent Representative of India at UN said, “India is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine. We urge that all efforts are made for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities.”
The same message was conveyed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to President Vladimir Putin on Thursday on a phone call. Tirumurti said, “No solution can ever be arrived at the cost of human lives. We are also deeply concerned about the welfare and security of the Indian community, including a large number of Indian students, in Ukraine.”
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He added, “The contemporary global order has been built on the UN Charter, international law, and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. All member states need to honour these principles in finding a constructive way forward. Dialogue is the only answer to settling differences and disputes, however daunting that may appear at this moment.”
A source of Indian Express said, “India has been in touch with all sides, urging parties concerned to return to the negotiating table. By abstaining, India retained the option of reaching out to relevant sides in an effort to bridge the gap and find the middle ground with an aim to foster dialogue and diplomacy. India maintained its consistent, steadfast and balanced position on the matter.”