Indian Modi explains his neutrality in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis » Capital News
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has explained why India is taking a neutral stance in the conflict as he calls for peace and constant dialogue in the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
“India has a connection with the countries involved in the war – economic, security, educational and political as well. India’s many needs are linked to these countries,” Prime Minister Modi said during a briefing. a victory speech to his party workers at the headquarters of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in New Delhi.
The BJP is set to return to power with a comfortable majority for an unprecedented second term in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand.
While explaining India’s neutrality in the Russian-Ukrainian war, Prime Minister Modi said India had ties with both nations and called for peace and constant dialogue.
“The ongoing war affects every country in the world. India is on the side of peace and hopes that all issues will be resolved through deliberations,” the Prime Minister said.
Earlier, India and 34 other countries abstained from a United Nations General Assembly resolution that censured Russia for its military actions against Ukraine. India had also abstained in the procedural vote of the UN Security Council to convene a session of the General Assembly on the Ukraine crisis.
India, China and the United Arab Emirates abstained last week from voting on a US-sponsored resolution against Russia’s military actions in Ukraine. Moscow used its veto against the resolution.
He also criticized the opposition for trying to regionalize Operation Ganga to evacuate stranded Indian citizens from Ukraine.
“These people also tried to regionalize Operation Ganga. These people have given a different color of regionalism and communalism to each program – this is a major concern for India’s future,” Prime Minister Modi said.
The Foreign Ministry had deployed more than 50 of its Russian-speaking officials to execute Operation Ganga in Ukraine. A task force led by a joint secretary to make decisions on the ground regarding evacuation inside war-torn Ukraine has also flown out of New Delhi.
Nearly 22,000 Indians, mostly students, have already been evacuated, including from the most active dangerous areas such as Kharkiv and Sumy in Ukraine.
When the war broke out, the idea was to strengthen the embassy in Kiev. The first additional MEA team arrived in Ukraine on February 22. After that, it was a real challenge to pour in staff, said an official familiar with the developments.
The MEA described Operation Ganga as a rare evacuation from the active conflict zone. A 24/7 war room with nearly 100 staff has also been activated.
“It is unfortunate that even when thousands of Indian students, Indian citizens were stuck in Ukraine, there was talk of breaking the country’s morale,” the prime minister said.
He also praised the efforts of India’s vaccination campaign and denounced those who questioned the COVID-19 vaccination program.
“Today I want to share some of my concerns. Ordinary people are involved in the development of the country but some people lower the level of politics. The world has praised our immunization program, but some have questioned questioning our COVID-19 vaccines,” Prime Minister Modi said.