INDIA: India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has refused to reveal how his country will vote in the next UNGA vote on the draught resolution against Russia.
During a joint press conference with Australia’s Foreign Minister, Penny Wong, in Canberra, Jaishankar stated, “As a matter of prudence and policy, we don’t predict our votes in advance.”
This occurs as the UNGA prepares to vote on the resolution draught regarding Russia’s annexation of four areas of Ukraine on Tuesday or Wednesday. The United States and Albania proposed a UN Security Council resolution denouncing the proclamation of annexation; China, Gabon, India, and Brazil abstained.
Jaishankar, who is currently in Australia for the second time this year, arrived in Canberra on Monday to a Tiranga welcome.
“Arrived in Canberra to a Tiranga welcome. So happy to see the old Parliament House of Australia in our national colours,” Jaishankar wrote on Twitter.
India abstained from a UN Security Council resolution that would have denounced Moscow’s “illegal referenda” and invalidated the annexation of four Ukrainian areas, which Russia rejected, citing the “totality of the emerging situation.”
India has previously abstained on two Security Council resolutions and one UNGA resolution regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Contrary to many other major Western nations, India has not yet condemned Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, and it did not vote in favour of the UN resolutions denouncing Russian aggression.