India at UNSC: Officials abstain from voting on widely criticized Russian resolution

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India has abstained from voting on a Russian-drafted resolution in the UN Security Council over a Ukraine humanitarian situation.

The step has been widely criticized for not referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Along with India, the UAE also joined the West in abstaining from the resolution that failed at the UNSC meeting with only Russia and China voting in favor and the remaining 13 members abstaining, as per ANI.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nations has told the UNSC that “Russia is the aggressor, the attacker the invader, the sole party in Ukraine, engaged in a campaign of brutality against the people of Ukraine. And they want us to pass a resolution that does not acknowledge their culpability.”

Greenfield noted Russia has the “audacity to put forward a resolution asking the international community to solve a humanitarian crisis that Russia alone created.”

This comes at a time when China, the only country to support Russia by voting in favor of the resolution, stated UNSC should play its role in the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations pointed to Beijing’s six-point initiative and told the Security Council members that the vote in favor was a call to the international community to prioritize the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

The Russian Resolution, which made no reference to Moscow’s role in the crisis of Ukraine, called upon all parties concerned to allow safe and unhindered passage to destinations outside of Ukraine, including to foreign nationals without discrimination, and facilitate safe and unhindered access of humanitarian assistance to those in need in and around Ukraine, taking into account the particular needs of women, girls, men and boys, older persons and persons with disabilities.

A Security Council resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, Britain, France or the United States to be adopted.

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