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India votes against Russia in UNSC

GS Paper 2

Syllabus: International relations- Bilateral, regional and global grouping involving India and affecting India’s interests etc

 

Direction: This is for 1st the time that India has voted against Russian on a major platform and therefore important to analyse changing India stance.

Source: Indian Express, Economic times

 

Context:

  • India for the first time voted against Russia during a “procedural vote” at the UNSC on Ukraine, as the 15-member powerful UN body invited the Ukrainian

Key Highlights:

  • Procedural vote: In response to Russia’s request, a procedural vote was held in which out of 15 members of UNSC, 13 voted in favour of allowing Zelensky to address the council while Russia voted against it and China decided to abstain.
  • Abstain from signing the document: India did not sign a document at the UN premises against Russia that was sponsored by the West and had the backing of about 60 countries.
  • Joint anti-Russian statement: It was supported by only 58 United Nations member states or less than a third of the organization’s 193 members.
    • India was not a party to this joint statement.
  • Filtration operation: The US voiced concern about Russia’s “ filtration operation”, which involves the systematic and forced deportation of Ukrainian civilians to remote areas of the Russian Federation.

 

India’s Stand on Russia-Ukraine Crisis:

  • Neutral stand: India has maintained a neutral stand against Russia amid the ongoing military operations in Ukraine.
  • Diplomacy and dialogue: India has repeatedly reiterated its stand against the Russian and Ukrainian sides to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue.

 

Insta Links:

UNSC

 

Mains Links:

Q. Discuss the impediments India is facing in its pursuit of a permanent seat in UN Security Council. (UPSC 2015)

 

Prelims link:

UNSC

Principal organs of UN

Geographical mapping of Ukraine

With reference to non-permanent members of UNSC, consider the following statements:

  1. Asia has the highest representation among all continents.
  2. The representation of Latin America and Europe is the same.
  3. The total number of non permanent members is 10.

Which of the statements given above is/are not correct?

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 1 and 3 only

c. 3 only

d. 1 , 2 and 3

Ans: (a)

Justification:

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