India for the first time on August 24 voted against Russia during a “procedural vote” at the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine, as the 15-member powerful U.N. body invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to address a meeting through a video teleconference.
New Delhi has repeatedly called upon the Russian and Ukrainian sides to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue, and also expressed its support for all diplomatic efforts to end the conflict between the two countries.
This is for the first time that India has voted against Russia on the issue of Ukraine, after the Russian military action began in February. So far, New Delhi has abstained at the U.N. Security Council on Ukraine, much to the annoyance of the Western powers led by the United States. Western nations, including the U.S., have imposed major economic and other sanctions on Russia following the aggression.
India has not criticised Russia for its aggression against Ukraine. New Delhi has repeatedly called upon the Russian and Ukrainian sides to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue, and also expressed its support for all diplomatic efforts to end the conflict between the two countries.
India currently is a non-permanent member of the UNSC for a two-year term, which ends in December. On August 24, the UNSC held a meeting to take stock of the now six-month-old conflict on the 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.
As the meeting began, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily A. Nebenzia requested a procedural vote concerning Ukrainian President’s participation in the meeting by video teleconference.
Following statements by him and Ferit Hoxha of Albania, the Council extended an invitation to Mr. Zelenskyy to participate in the meeting via video teleconference by a vote of 13 in favour to one against. Russia voted against such an invitation, while China abstained.
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