If India has chosen its side, it is on the side of peace, says Foreign Minister on Ukraine crisis

Stating that India is firmly opposed to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday that if New Delhi has chosen a side, it is the side of peace and an immediate end to violence. Responding to the Lok Sabha discussion on the situation in Ukraine, Jaishankar said all members would agree that India’s approach should be guided by its national beliefs and values, national interest and national strategy.

Elaborating on what India is advocating in Ukraine, Jaishankar said, “We are firmly opposed to the conflict, we believe that no solution can be found by shedding blood and at the cost of innocent lives. Nowadays, dialogue and diplomacy are the right answers to any dispute.”

“Respect for international law”

It must be kept in mind that the contemporary world order is built on the Charter of the United Nations, on respect for international law and on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all States, he said. . “If India has chosen a side, it is a side of peace and it is for an immediate end to violence. This is our principled position and it has always guided our position in international forums and debates. , including at the UN,” Jaishankar said.

Speaking about the killings of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, Jaishankar said India was “deeply disturbed” by the reports. “We strongly condemn the killings that took place there. This is an extremely serious matter and we support the call for an independent investigation,” he said. Jaishankar also said it was unfortunate to attribute political color to India’s actions vis-a-vis the situation in Ukraine.

Published on

06 April 2022

Shirlene J. Manley