Russia-Ukraine Conflict and India’s abstention on UNSC vote

Russia-Ukraine Conflict and India’s abstention on UNSC vote

Russia-Ukraine Conflict and India’s abstention on UNSC vote- Today Current Affairs

Why in news?

The US has moved a resolution in UNSC against Russia’s aggression over Ukraine but India has abstained from voting mentioning that dialogue is the only answer to settle disputes.

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About Resolution:

  • US and Albania along with several other countries presented a resolution in UNSC to deplore Russia’s aggression against Ukraine which highlighted that Russia should immediately stop using its force against Ukraine and also it should refrain from using force against any UN member state.
  • The resolution further expressed its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.
  • Russia chaired the meeting and China along with the UAE abstained from voting.
  • Although all the remaining members voted in favour of the resolution but it could not pass as Russia vetoed it.

Indian Abstention and reasons behind: The Hindu Analysis

  • If India would have condemned Russian aggression then it would have placed India against Russia.
  • If India would have supported Russian aggression then it would have placed India against the U.S. and its allies.
  • If India would have maintained silence on Russian aggression then it would have been considered as pro-Russia move 
  • Fourth option was to express displeasure and call for diplomacy which is least harmful, so India followed it.
  • India followed this path as it wants to maintain a balance between the Western bloc and Russia.
  • India appealed for cessation of violence and expressed that it is disturbed by the reversal of developments in Ukraine.
  • It expressed concern for Indian nationals in Ukraine and advocated for negotiations.
  • Russia is also India’s most trusted P-5 ally in blocking intrusive resolutions on Kashmir.
  • Further India needs Russia’s assistance in defence supplies, help in returning to central Asia, searching avenues and collaborating in Afghanistan.

Whether India was under diplomatic pressure? The Hindu Analysis

Just before the United Nations Security Council’s draft resolution against the Russian invasion, India was caught in a diplomatic tussle between the Western powers and Russia.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had telephonic conversations with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, insisting that dialogue and diplomacy are the best way forward to defuse the Ukraine crisis. 

The Ambassadors of European countries in India got together in New Delhi and expressed solidarity with their Ukrainian counterpart and strongly condemned Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified” military attack on Ukraine.A day before, British and EU Foreign ministers had also called up Jaishankar, while ambassadors of G-7 countries had expressed support for the Ukrainian ambassador.

Significance of Indian action: The Hindu Analysis

The current situation has necessitates that India balances the Western bloc and Russia

The India position has shown that when it comes to geopolitics, It will choose interests over principles.

India has been in touch with all sides, urging the parties concerned to return to the negotiating table. By abstaining, India retained the option of reaching out to relevant sides in an effort to bridge the gap and find a middle ground with an aim to foster dialogue and diplomacy.

But now India has to consider how its aspirations to become a leading power can be realized without taking a clear stand in a conflict that threatens global security.


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