Photo : APUnited Nations: India on Monday called for direct contacts and negotiations between Russia and Ukraine to cease the hostilities between the two countries and said New Delhi has been and will continue to remain in touch with both Moscow and Kyiv. India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador R Ravindra said India continues to underline the need to respect the UN Charter, international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States. He was speaking at the UN Security Council briefing by Foreign Minister of Poland Zbigniew Rau, Chairperson-in-Office of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). “India has been consistent in calling for an immediate end to all hostilities in Ukraine. Our Prime Minister has repeatedly called for an urgent ceasefire and that there is no other path left but of dialogue and diplomacy,” he said. He further said that India has been in touch with both the Russian Federation and Ukraine and will continue to remain engaged. “We continue to underline the need to respect the UN Charter, international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states,” he said. Expressing concern over the mounting human toll and the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, he said India undertook intensive and immediate steps to evacuate its nationals from conflict zones in Ukraine. “Till date, about 22,500 Indians have returned home safely. We are grateful to all our partners for their support in our evacuation efforts,” he said. Ravindra thanked the Polish foreign minister for the generosity and help extended to Indian citizens, in their safe return from conflict zones in Ukraine. He also lauded the role played by Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and said, “OSCE has been playing an important role in facilitating the implementation of the package of measures across both sides of the contact line in eastern Ukraine.” “However, recent developments in Ukraine and consequent deterioration of security situation have halted the functioning of the Special Monitoring Mission,” he said. He said that India supports support OSCE Minsk Group’s continued efforts for a peaceful resolution of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 launched what he called a “special military operation” in Ukraine and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to unprecedented consequences. Since then, Prime Minister Modi has held several telephonic conversation with Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and called for an immediate end of violence.
At UNSC meet, India calls for direct negotiations between Russia and Ukraine to cease hostilities