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India breaks silence for the first time on Ukraine-Russia War; says ‘Strongly Against’ the conflict

By : Writer   /   06 Apr 2022  /   News and Updates /   Latest News

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After taking a neutral stand on the on-going Ukraine-Russia conflict since day one, India’s Union Minister for External Affairs, S Jaishankar told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 that India is strongly against the conflict in Ukraine escalating.

In an ongoing debate over the war, MEA responded the questions regarding India’s stand that, ‘"We are, first and foremost, strongly against the conflict. We believe no solution can be arrived at by shedding blood and at the cost of innocent lives."

He said that in this day and age, dialogue and diplomacy are the right answers to any disputes. Further adding to his response, Jaishankar said that, ‘the conflict has had significant consequences for the global economy and for our national economy. Like all countries, we too are assessing the implications and deciding what is best for our national interest.”

Talking about India’s diplomatic stand, MEA said that, “New Delhi continues to press forcefully for an immediate cessation of hostilities and an end to violence. We encourage talks between Ukraine and Russia, including at the level of their Presidents. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to both of them in this regard.”

Earlier this week, the members of Lok Sabha debated on the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. The members of opposition raised the relevance of principles of non-alignment in the complex geopolitical situation raised due to the Ukraine-Russia crisis.

On February 24, Russia launched an invasion in Ukraine after months of build-up. Moscow demanded that European Union Kyiv maintain a neutrality and also asked Kyiv to renounce its demand to join NATO, a military alliance between western countries. For years Ukraine has wished to join NATO to protect itself from aggression by any nation. But Russia waged a brutal attack on major Ukrainian cities, as a result Kyiv has agreed to give up claims to join NATO.

During the initial stage of the war, thousands of Indian citizens were stuck in Ukraine, in which majority of them were students. Union Ministers, Hardeep Singh Puri, Kiren Rijiju, Jyotiraditya Scindia and General VK Singh, went to countries by the border of Ukraine to help the evacuation process which successfully brought over 22000 stranded Indians home.

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