Indian Ambassador on Saturday said dialogue is the only answer to settling differences and disputes in its explanation why India abstained on a US-sponsored UN Security Council resolution that “deplores in the strongest terms” Russia’s “aggression” against Ukraine.
“India is deeply disturbed by recent turn of developments in Ukraine. We urge that all efforts are made for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities. No solution can ever be arrived at the cost of human lives,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said.
Tirumurti added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the same thing to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Thursday.
On Friday, the UN Security Council voted on the draft resolution sponsored by the US and Albania, which was supported by eleven nations, including Poland, Italy, Germany, Estonia, Luxembourg, and New Zealand.
Russia vetoed the resolution, while India, China, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) abstained.
Tirumurti said that India’s immediate priority is the welfare and security of the Indian community, most especially the stranded students and their evacuation from Ukraine.
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