India’s approach ‘human-centric’ as US seeks condemnation of Russian referenda in UNSC – Times of India

After the public appreciation by the West of India’s renewed push for an end to the hostilities in Ukraine, the US is hoping India will back a resolution in the UNSC to condemn the referendums Russia is holding in Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine and also Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south.
The resolution, which is being introduced by the US and Albania, calls for not acknowledging the outcome of the referendums which, the West believes, will be used as a pretext by Russia to annex Ukrainian territory. Condemning Russia’s actions, the resolution also seeks complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine.
What India does if the resolution is put to vote will be keenly watched by the West. US diplomats are said to be in touch with their counterparts from both India and China to garner support for the resolution. Russia of course is expected to veto the resolution.
“If Russia chooses to shield itself from accountability here in the Council, we will then look to the UN General Assembly to send an unmistakable message to Moscow,” US ambassador to UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said after a UNSC meeting on Ukraine and “Russian illegal referenda” on Tuesday.
While India will weigh its options carefully, the government may be tempted to abstain again, if there’s a vote, going by the way the resolution is worded. India has so far abstained from voting on all resolutions condemning Russia in the Security Council, UNGA and the Human Rights Council.
In a carefully worded statement in the UNSC meeting on the ongoing referendums, Indian ambassador Ruchira Kamboj said India’s approach to the Ukraine conflict will continue to be human-centric, while recalling PM Narendra Modi‘s remark to President Vladimir Putin that this isn’t the era f war. She said the global order is anchored on international law, UN Charter and respect for sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states.
Kamboj also recalled foreign minister S Jaishankar’s recent remark that the trajectory of the Ukraine conflict was a matter of profound concern for the international community.
“India has repeatedly called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the need to resolve the ongoing conflict through dialogue and diplomacy. This was also stated unequivocally by Prime Minister Modi during his meeting with President Putin on the sidelines of SCO Summit in Tashkent,” she said.
“India’s approach to the Ukraine conflict will continue to be human-centric. On our part, we are providing both humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and economic support to some of our neighbours in the Global South under economic distress, even as they stare at the escalating costs of food, of fuel and of fertilizers – which has been a consequential fall out of the ongoing conflict,” added the ambassador.
Kamboj also said that the conflict had already resulted in the loss of countless lives and miseries for peoples, particularly for women, children, and the elderly, with millions becoming homeless and forced to take shelter in neighboring countries.

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