India is talking to each side within the Russia-Ukraine battle, the nation’s Permanent Representative on the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj has stated, asserting that New Delhi’s place has not been “passive” on the struggle.
The President of the Security Council for December stated India has taken the facet of peace and favours de-escalation via diplomacy and dialogue.
India on Thursday assumed the Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council for the month of December, throughout which it’ll host signature occasions on countering terrorism and reformed multilateralism.
The Presidency will convey the curtains down on India’s two-year tenure as an elected non-permanent member of the highly effective UN organ.
Responding to a query at a press briefing right here on Thursday, Ms Kamboj asserted that New Delhi shares an necessary relationship with Moscow.
“India is too big a country. It stands tall and proud on its own. In the course of the conflict in Ukraine, we have been very clear and consistent right from the outset. We have spoken in one voice that we are for peace. Peace is also a side and we favor diplomacy and dialogue,” Ms Kamboj stated.
Ms Kamboj was responding to remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that NATO was attempting to pull India into what he referred to as an anti-Russian and anti-Chinese alliance and on India’s relations with Russia and the West throughout the Ukraine struggle.
She stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar are “speaking to both sides”.
“We are among the few countries, dare I say, which are speaking to both sides,” she stated, including that PM Modi’s remark that “this is not an era of war” has acquired international acceptance and even discovered its approach into the G20 declaration that was just lately adopted in Bali.
India has been very conscious of the humanitarian state of affairs and has shipped 12 medical consignments to Ukraine and given monetary help to construct academic establishments, she stated.
“At the same time, we do have a relationship with Russia, an important relationship with Russia. And as far as the relationship with the United States is concerned, it’s a comprehensive strategic partnership, which has never been closer, tighter, or stronger than it is today,” she stated.
When requested if India doesn’t really feel like NATO is attempting to pull it into an anti-Russian or anti-Chinese alliance, Ms Kamboj stated, “I’ve just answered your question. We are a country that stands tall and proud and stands tall and proud on its own.” On India’s strategy because the UNSC President in the direction of coping with the problem of Ukraine, she stated: “we will continue to engage with all parties”.
“I think that is one of our strengths and it has been recognised as one of our strengths that we are a voice of moderation, a voice of reason and a bridge-builder. And we will walk the talk in the December presidency,” Ms Kamboj stated.
Responding to a query on if sufficient is being accomplished to convey Ukrainians and Russians to the negotiating desk, Ms Kamboj stated, “definitely there is an attempt and everything is not played out in the public domain as you can understand.” “Parties are talking, people are talking, and everybody wants to de-escalate the situation. And we very much hope that sooner or later, this effort to de-escalate will succeed,” she stated.
She famous that India “has been talking to both sides, is talking to both sides” and hopes that the state of affairs de-escalates.
Ms Kamboj didn’t reply the query on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s remarks on the high-level UNGA session on some member states taking a impartial stance, saying it isn’t for her to touch upon that assertion.
“Our country has not been passive. Our country has stated very clearly that we have a position – that is we have taken the side of peace and we favor diplomacy and dialogue and we favor de-escalation and an early end to the conflict,” she stated.
India has additionally condemned the focusing on of civilians and civilian infrastructure in the middle of the battle, irrespective of who commits this. New Delhi has acknowledged very clearly that this battle has had an immense affect and struggling on international locations of the worldwide South.
“And there, we’ve not been idle either. We have extended a helping hand despite constraints in our own country, helping Ukraine, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sudan, Yemen and Sri Lanka,” she stated.
“So by any standard, this is not the stand of a country that is passive. This is the stand of a country that is creative, caring, contributory, that is willing to bring solutions to the global top table,” she stated.
Ms Kamboj burdened that India has been very acutely aware of the truth that the battle has had a really extreme affect on the worldwide South.
“There has, in fact, been collateral damage there and we have stated this, unhesitatingly so, in all our statements,” she stated.
India has been prepared to assist its buddies and companions in want and going ahead, it’ll proceed to take action, she asserted.
Ms Kamboj stated Ukraine could be very a lot a centered matter within the Security Council and the UN physique may meet throughout the month on the problem.
Noting that whereas a gathering or briefing on Ukraine just isn’t but listed within the Council’s schedule for the month, Ms Kamboj stated “rest assured the Security Council is very seized” of the matter and one shouldn’t be too stunned if it finds its approach into the schedule.
She stated the Council is actively following developments in each Ukraine and Haiti. Referring to Prime Minister Modi’s remarks within the context of India’s G20 presidency, she stated India will work in the direction of unity.
“When we say that the world is one, we mean that humankind is one and we are here to help each other. It is in that spirit that India has been extending humanitarian assistance, and is very effective as a first responder.” “So, we will continue to do that in the Council as well, to be a bridge builder and to be a voice of moderation and reason. That is the India way,” she stated, including that “we will continue to work with a lot of positivity.”
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