India walks the tightrope at UNSC meet on Ukraine

India walks the tightrope at UNSC meet on Ukraine

Team Ambitiousbaba are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “India walks the tightrope at UNSC meet on Ukraine

India played a tightrope walk with a little argument towards the Russian position at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Ukraine. Before UNSC meet a senior Russian official visited India and met his counterparts in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.

Phrasing its position on “legitimate security interests” that repeats with a nuanced arguments towards the Russian position.

India’s Permanent Representative at the UNSC, T S Tirumurti said that India’s interest is at solution that can provide for immediate simplification of tensions taking into account the lawful security interests of all countries and targeted towards securing long term peace and stability in the region and beyond.

While Delhi’s statement talked about “legitimate security interests of all countries”, it is widely sensed as fairly aligned with the Russian interests.

TS Tirumurti also reiterated India’s call for the peaceful resolution of the situation by earnest and sustained diplomatic efforts to ensure that concerns of all sides are resolved through constructive dialogue.

This is India’s second official statement on the Ukraine issue which is a more expansive one after the statement made by the MEA spokesperson last week.

Other Countries stance:

It was made at the UNSC meeting on Ukraine in which Russia and China attempted to block discussions but 10 UNSC members, including the US, UK and France, voted in favour of the discussion.

The UNSC arranged the discussions, as 10 countries — it needed 9 yes votes — voted in favour of the discussions.

India’s stand:

India was among three countries along with Kenya and Gabon to refrain from voting which reflect maintain its neutral position and not side with either bloc.

Presidency of India:

The visiting Russian official also called on Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and instructed him on Russian priorities during its upcoming Presidency of the UNSC.

Indians in Ukraine:

Foreign Secretary concerned that more than 20,000 Indian students and nationals live and study indifferent parts of Ukraine. Government of India is concerned about them and their well-being of Indian nationals is of priority for country.

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