The Russian Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires in Delhi, Roman Babushkin, voiced hope on Wednesday that the India-Russia friendship will continue regardless of the current situation in Ukraine.
“We hope our collaboration will continue at the same level that we are enjoying today,” Babushkin said during a news conference on the current tensions in Ukraine.
The Russian diplomat emphasised the two nations’ long-standing friendship. “We have a very strong, lengthy, trustworthy, and profound collaboration with India,” he said, adding that “Russia is the only country that is honest about exchanging complex technology with India.”
He made reference to the Russian-Indian bilateral meeting conducted in December of last year, saying, “We’ve inked a 10-year defence cooperation agreement. We have a number of large projects in the works, and we are certain that all of our plans will be carried out effectively.”
“Defense cooperation between two nations is a key component of world peace and stability, and it fully represents both countries’ national interests,” he added. The briefing came after numerous nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Japan, imposed further sanctions against Russia.
Tensions reached record heights on Monday, when Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a proclamation recognising the independence of Ukraine’s separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Later in the day, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) convened in response to the United States and its allies’ calls for an emergency meeting.
Condemning Russia’s decision to recognise the Donetsk and Luhansk areas, Ukraine’s UN Ambassador urged Moscow to return to the negotiating table and to remove occupying forces immediately and completely.
“We urge that Russia return to the negotiating table.” We deplore the order to deploy further Russian occupation forces on Ukrainian territory. “We urge the immediate and total evacuation of occupying soldiers,” said Ukrainian UN envoy Sergiy Kyslytsya at the emergency conference on Ukraine.
The Russian side insisted that the operation was necessary to stop the claimed “bloodbath” in Ukraine’s Donbas area.
“However, we have no intention of permitting a slaughter in Donbas.” “We are compelled to acknowledge the harmful role played by our Western colleagues, particularly by the United States,” Russia stated during the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine.
Speaking during a UN Security Council briefing on developments in Ukraine, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, TS Tirumurti, stated that the escalation of tensions along Ukraine’s border with the Russian Federation has the potential to threaten peace and security in the region.
Tirumurti urged all parties to exercise caution. “The immediate aim is to de-escalate tensions while taking into account all nations’ legitimate security interests in order to secure long-term peace and stability in the region and beyond,” he added.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, voiced alarm about Russia’s action. The UN Secretary-General urged a “peaceful conclusion to the crisis in eastern Ukraine in conformity with the Minsk Agreements, as adopted by the Security Council in resolution 2202 (2015).”