United Nations: India on Thursday emphasised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark to Russian President Vladimir Putin that this cannot be a time of war by stating to the UN Security Council that it is urgent to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine and resume dialogue, and that the nuclear issue is of particular concern.
“The trajectory of the Ukraine conflict is a matter of profound concern for the entire international community. The future outlook appears even more disturbing. The nuclear issue is a particular anxiety,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told the 15-nation UN Security Council briefing on Ukraine ‘Fight against impunity’.
World leaders gathered at the UN headquarters for the high-level 77th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday for the briefing, which was presided over by Catherine Colonna, France’s minister for Europe and foreign affairs.
Addressing the Council briefing were UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly and Foreign Ministers of other UNSC members.
Jaishankar told the Council that in a globalised world, the impact of the conflict is being felt even in distant regions. “We have all experienced its consequences in terms of SURGING costs and actual shortages of food grains, fertilizers and fuel.” “On this core too, there are good grounds to be worried about what awaits us,” he said.
India has not yet denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has insisted that diplomacy and communication are the only ways to find a solution to the problem.
At the UN headquarters in this city on Wednesday, Jaishankar met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and informed him of India’s steadfast stance, which emphasises the end of all hostilities and the resumption of discussion and diplomacy.