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Ukraine policy: ‘Kindly don’t patronise us,’ India’s UN representative tells Dutch diplomat | India News

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NEW DELHI: India’s permanent ambassador to the UN and the Dutch ambassador to the UK had a short, snappy exchange on Twitter, after the envoy tried to school New Delhi on its Ukraine policy.
This came shortly after India’s permanent ambassador TS Tirumurti to the UN made his statement at a UNSC briefing on Ukraine on Thursday.
“You should not have abstained in the GA. Respect the UN Charter,” Netherland’s ambassador to the UK Karel van Oosterom tweeted after Tirumurti posted the text of his statement on Twitter.
The retort from Tirumurti did not take long in coming.
“Kindly don’t patronise us, Ambassador. We know what to do,” Tirumurti said in response.
The Dutch ambassador’s unsolicited comment is in line with what several Western nations feel- that India should take a hard stand on Russia vis-à-vis the Ukraine conflict.
The Twitter thread continued with many general users, mostly Indians going by the name, coming out strongly in support of India’s consistent position.

India, while advocating diplomacy and cessation of hostilities, have abstained from all votes in UN bodies that sought to corner Russia for the Ukraine invasion.
Since January this year, India has abstained on procedural votes and draft resolutions in the UN Security Council, the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council that deplored Russian aggression against Ukraine.
In April, India abstained in the UN General Assembly on a vote moved by the US to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over allegations that Russian soldiers killed civilians while retreating from towns near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
In March, India abstained from the UN General Assembly on a resolution by Ukraine and its allies on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, saying the focus should be on cessation of hostilities and on urgent humanitarian assistance and the draft did not fully reflect New Delhi’s expected to focus on these challenges.
On March 2, the General Assembly had voted to reaffirm its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and deplored in the strongest terms Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
India, along with 34 other nations had abstained from the resolution, which was adopted with 141 votes in favour and five Member States voting against.
(With PTI inputs)





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