Delhi Is Not Voting Against Russia

India continues to condemn the series of violence in Ukraine without naming Russia. It is repeatedly demanded to leave the path of conflict and return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy. But standing on the international stage like the United Nations, New Delhi never participates in Moscow’s condemnation proposal. According to the diplomatic camp, there is a fear that the subsequent crisis will increase in the case of crude oil i.e., fuel import. Which means, the price increase will increase. Not only the very important Gujarat elections, but the 24th Lok Sabha polls preparations are also fast approaching. In this situation, due to domestic obligations, the Modi government does not want to stop the import of cheap oil immediately by cheating an old ally like Russia.

The recent rejection of India

India recently rejected Russia’s demand for a secret ballot. However, New Delhi did not join the United Nations in opposing the Putin government’s holding of a referendum in four regions of Ukraine. India’s representative abstained from voting in the General Assembly. “Our position on this has been consistently the same,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said yesterday. “That is, we think the foundation of the world order is the UN Charter, international law.The geographical integrity and sovereignty of states must always be upheld. Besides, we also give importance to the overall situation and wording of the proposal in the context of voting in the United Nations.”

Although India talks about bringing up international law, in practice it is seen that New Delhi is repeatedly standing on the opposite pole of the majority of countries on the issue of Russia. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, every country takes foreign policy decisions based on national interest. India is doing that.

The stance of the international arena

But the initiative to annex 15 percent of Ukraine’s territory to Russia has been overwhelmingly rejected by the international arena. 143 countries out of 193 members supported the resolution against Russia in the UN General Assembly. Only five votes were cast against it. 35 countries including India abstained from voting. However, before that, Moscow demanded a secret ballot, but 107 countries, including India, opposed it.

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Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as the occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson last month, were announced by Vladimir Putin’s government as annexed by Russia. Moscow claims that more than 80 percent of the residents of those four regions voted in favor of annexation with Russia in the referendum.

India’s irritation for talking about Kashmir in the Russia-Ukraine forum

Comparing Kashmir with Ukraine is nothing but nonsense. New Delhi responded to Islamabad’s face in exactly this language at the UN General Assembly.

The General Assembly of the UN was discussing the grave situation in the countries of Ukraine and Russia. There, Pakistan suddenly raised the issue of Kashmir and targeted India. Pak diplomat Munir Akram brought up the issue of Kashmir. Then India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, launched a sharp attack, saying, “Surprisingly, a delegation is misusing this forum and trying to make foolish baseless statements in the name of India.”