Brazil also abstains from UN Security Council vote condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine

NEW DELHI: India has abstained more than a dozen times in total on UNSC on resolutions condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine in what many see as a propensity for Moscow, but it has also always maintained and reminded Russia that the world order is based on the UN Charterinternational law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states.
This was echoed in India’s explanation of vote by Indian Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, who also recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for an immediate end to hostilities and a return to dialogue and diplomacy. While the West praised Modi’s recent remark to President Vladimir Putin that this was not the era of war, Russian Ambassador to India Denis Alipov had maintained that there had been no change in India’s position and that Western leaders had singled out Modi’s comments to their fit. own interests.
Significantly, India’s Brics Partner Brazil, who had previously voted to condemn Russia’s actions, also abstained. The resolution, which condemned the referenda calling on countries not to recognize the changed status of Ukrainian territory, was rejected by Russia. However, it will be picked up by the UN General Assembly within the next 10 days, as specified in a previously passed resolution to allow all UN member states to publicly investigate any use of veto power.
In her comments after the vote, Kamboj warned against escalating rhetoric or tensions and said it would be in no one’s best interest. “It is important that ways are found to return to the negotiating table,” she said.
India did not refer directly to the referenda, but Kamboj said India was deeply concerned by recent developments in Ukraine. “The Prime Minister of India has also stressed that this cannot be an era of war. We therefore sincerely hope for a speedy resumption of peace talks to bring about an immediate ceasefire and a solution to the conflict,” Kamboj said.

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