India abstains from voting on US sponsored UNSC resolution on Russia-Ukraine conflict
A resolution on the situation on Ukraine was tabled for action in the UN Security Council. In the 15 member Council, the resolution received 11 votes in favour, Russia voted against it and three nations India, UAE and China abstained. Since Russia used its Veto against the resolution, it was not passed.
India abstained and issued an Explanation of Vote EOV after the vote. In its EOV, India called for return to path of diplomacy. It called for respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. India also called for immediate cessation of violence and hostilities as was also conveyed by Prime Minister Modi to President Putin. It said, all member states to honour principles of international law and UN Charter, as these provide a constructive way forward. India said, the regretted path of diplomacy has been given up and must return to it.
It said, dialogue is only answer to settle differences and disputes. India said, welfare and security of Indian community, in particular stranded students and their evacuation from Ukraine is its immediate priority. It said, no solution can ever be arrived at the cost of human lives and India is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine.
India maintained its consistent, steadfast and balanced position on the matter. India has been in touch with all sides urging parties concerned to return to the negotiating table.