India abstains on UNSC resolution condemning Russia’s referendums

India abstained from voting on a UN Security Council draft law resolution that condemned Russia’s “illegal referenda” and annexation of four Ukrainian areas.

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India abstained from voting on a UN Security Council draft law resolution that condemned Russia’s “illegal referenda” and annexation of four Ukrainian areas.

The UNSC emphasised the need to find a mechanism to get back to the negotiating table while calling for an immediate end to violence.

Ruchira Kamboj, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, stated that New Delhi was extremely alarmed by the current turn in events in Ukraine and that no solution should ever be found at the expense of human life.

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“We urge that all efforts are made by concerned sides for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities. Dialogue is the only answer to settling differences and disputes, however daunting that may appear at this moment,” she said.

“The path to peace requires us to keep all channels of diplomacy open,” she said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “unequivocally conveyed” this in his discussions with world leaders, including with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Additionally, she cited remarks made on Ukraine during the high-level General Assembly session last week by Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar.

Referring to Modi’s statement to Putin that “today’s era is not an era of war” during the SCO Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Kamboj said New Delhi truly wishes for an early resumption of peace talks to result in an immediate ceasefire and end to the violence.

“India’s position has been clear and consistent from the very beginning of this conflict. The global order is anchored on the principles of the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and the territorial integrity of all states. Escalation of rhetoric or tension is in no one’s interest,” she said.

“It is important that pathways are found for a return to the negotiating table. Keeping in view the totality of the evolving situation, India decided to abstain on the resolution,” Kamboj said.

The draft resolution was tabled by the US and Albania which condemns Russia’s “organisation of illegal so-called referenda in regions within Ukraine’s internationally recognised borders.