fredag 4. mars 2022

India has a long history of abstaining from U.N. votes that criticize Russia

Since Russian forces launched their titanic military assault on Ukraine on February 24, India chose to remain an abstainer on both the Russian-vetoed bids by the United Nations (UN) Security Council to respond to the spirailng crisis: first, on the U.S.-sponsored resolution to condemn Moscow’s astounding turn to war, and then, the procedural vote to shift deliberations on the issue to the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA).

India’s permanent representative to the U.N., TS Tirumurti, substantiated New Delhi’s position by clarifying that it is “deeply disturbed” by the situation, and urged “immediate cessation of violence” along with a return to “the path of diplomacy.” Winning praise merely from the Russian embassy in New Delhi, India’s double abstentions, however, placed it in a minority club of diplomatic discomfort, where it stood accompanied only by China – an aggressive neighbor – and the United Arab Emirates.