India Abstains On UN Resolution: Deplored Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine

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Anurupa Pal

Published On: March 3, 2022 at 11:15 IST

India on March 2, abstained from Voting in the United Nations General Assembly. The Resolution that strongly deplored Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the third abstention in less than a week by India in the World Body on Resolutions on the escalating crisis between Moscow and Kyiv.

Previously India abstains from a UN resolution against Russia, while Moscow Vetoes.

The 193-member General Assembly on Wednesday voted to reaffirm its commitment to the sovereignty, Independence, Unity and Territorial Integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and “deplores in the strongest terms” Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The resolution was adopted with 141 votes in favour. Five Member States voting against and 35 abstentions. The Resolution required a 2/3 majority to be adopted in the General Assembly.

The Resolution urges the immediate Peaceful Resolution of the Conflict between Russia and Ukraine through Political Dialogue, Negotiations, Mediation and other peaceful means.

Nearly 100 United Nations Member States co-sponsored the resolution titled ‘Aggression Against Ukraine’, including Afghanistan, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Kuwait, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

While the United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine would have been legally binding and General Assembly Resolutions are not, voting in the 193-member United Nation body is symbolic of World Opinion on the crisis and carries Political weight as they represent the will of the entire UN membership.

Also Read- What is the Conflict between Ukraine and Russia?

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