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'Highly appreciate India's independent, balanced position': Russia on Ukraine invasion India | Russia
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'Highly appreciate India's independent, balanced position': Russia on Ukraine invasion

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 27 Feb 2022, 01:16 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Russia has "highly appreciated" India's "independent and balanced" position after New Delhi abstained on a UNSC resolution condemning Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

In a tweet, the Russian Embassy in India said: "Highly appreciate India’s independent and balanced position at the voting in the UNSC on February 25, 2022."

"In the spirit of the special and privileged strategic partnership Russia is committed to maintain close dialogue with India on the situation around Ukraine," it said.

The resolution proposed by the US and Albania, with the backing of nearly 60 countries, received 11 votes in favour, with Russia, a permanent member, voting against it.

In the 15-member Council, the resolution received three abstentions -- from India, UAE, China. Since Russia voted against the resolution, it was not passed.

Explaining the abstention, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, T.S. Tirumurti said, "It is a matter of regret that the path of diplomacy was given up. We must return to it."

"Dialogue is the only answer to the settling of differences and disputes, however daunting that may appear at this moment," he added.

"India is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine." In its Explanation of Vote, India called Called for respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.

India also called for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities, which was also conveyed by PM Modi to President Putin during their phone call on Thursday night.

India also highlighted that the welfare and security of the Indian community, in particular stranded students, and their evacuation from Ukraine is an immediate priority.

By abstaining, India retained the option of reaching out to relevant sides in an effort to bridge the gap and find the middle ground with an aim to foster dialogue and diplomacy, said sources.