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Noting its track record of not voting against Russia in the United Nations, India withheld a resolution in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) calling for Russia’s “illegal so-called referendum” in four regions of Ukraine. was condemned, which was formally annulled by Moscow on Friday. ,

Speaking at a debate at the UNSC on a resolution proposed by the United States and Albania, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj reiterated New Delhi’s position in favor of peace, diplomacy and dialogue, saying, “India is deeply disturbed by this. Is. Recent turn of events in Ukraine. ,

Later in his remarks, he said that given the “totality of the situation”, India is far from a vote on the proposal.

Ten countries voted for the resolution. Along with India, China, Brazil and Gabon did not participate. Russia vetoed the resolution as a permanent member of the council. The US has already said that it will take the matter to the General Assembly.

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India did not specify the “recent developments” that have upset it. But in the past fortnight, Russia suffered a military setback on the ground; It then announced additional military mobilization and held a referendum which lacked international legitimacy in more than 15% of Ukraine’s territory.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin formally announced the integration of the four Ukrainian regions into the Russian Federation. “I want the authorities of Kyiv and their rightful masters in the West to listen to me. For all to remember. People living in Luhansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya are becoming our citizens. Forever,”

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The draft UNSC resolution stated that these were “areas which, as a result of a full-scale invasion of Russia, are under the control of the Russian Federation in violation of the sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” India has not yet called the conflict in Ukraine a Russian aggression.

The resolution then noted that Ukraine had not authorized “so-called referendums” held in “the territories of Ukraine” and that these were “illegal under international law”. It “condemned” Russia’s “illegal actions with respect to the so-called referendum held between 23 and 27 September” as an attempt to “revise Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders”.

A UN Security Council resolution called Russia’s attempts to annex the region a “threat to international peace and security”. It condemned the referendum; declared that Russia’s actions had no legitimacy; Urges states and international actors not to recognize any change in the status of the territories of Ukraine or any alleged acquisition by Russia; And it held that Russia should “immediately, completely and unconditionally” withdraw all its military forces from Ukraine, including from the regions where the referendum took place.

Indian stand

Kamboj reiterated the Indian position in favor of peace. “We have always advocated that no solution can ever be found at the cost of human life. We urge that all efforts are made by the parties concerned to immediately end the violence and hostilities. Dialogue is the only answer to resolve differences and dialogue, no matter how difficult it may appear at the moment. ,

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He said the road to peace “needs us to keep all channels of diplomacy open”. “The Prime Minister of India has clearly conveyed this to the world leaders including the President of the Russian Federation and Ukraine. So our External Affairs Minister took part in his recent events at the UNGA last week. The Prime Minister of India has also emphasized that this cannot be an era of war.

Kamboj’s reference was to PM Modi’s remarks to Putin in Samarkand, which drew praise from New Delhi in the Western world, as well as to EAM S Jaishankar’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly last Saturday where he said India would be at peace and united. The nation stands in favor of the Charter. ,

When HT asked Jaishankar on Wednesday what India thought of the plebiscite, and whether it aids for peace and is in line with the UN Charter, he said New Delhi had clarified its position at the United Nations. Will do

Kamboj said India looked forward to an immediate ceasefire and an early resumption of peace talks to resolve the conflict.

“India’s position from the very beginning of this conflict has been clear and consistent. The global order rests on the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states,” she reiterated India’s stand.

India said, ‘Rhetoric or escalation of tension is not in anyone’s interest. It is important that avenues are found to return to the negotiating table. Considering the totality of the situation, India decided to stay away from the resolution. ,