New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in Lok Sabha on the situation in Ukraine on Wednesday that India is completely against conflict and in favor of ending violence immediately and any side it has chosen on the issue, it is the side of peace. Intervening in the discussion on Ukraine’s position in the lower house under Rule 193, Jaishankar said, “India’s stand is guided by national beliefs and values, national interests and national strategy. We are completely against conflict. We believe that no solution can come at the cost of violence and innocent lives. Dialogue and diplomacy is the only solution.
S Jaishankar said that in today’s global circumstances, we believe that all countries should respect the United Nations Charter and all international laws and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all. Referring to the situation in Ukraine, the External Affairs Minister said, “If there is any side that India has chosen, it is the side of peace. We are in favor of ending violence immediately. We have outlined this position in all fora, including at the United Nations.
On the incident related to the discovery of a large number of bodies in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, Jaishankar said, “We are deeply disturbed by this report. We condemn these killings. We support the call for an independent investigation into this incident. The External Affairs Minister also said that the attempt to politicize India’s actions with regard to the situation in Ukraine is unfortunate, in a veiled reference to the comments of some opposition members in the discussion.
The External Affairs Minister said, “We have communicated at every level from the presidential level of Russia and Ukraine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself spoke. He said that our message to the visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was that India is ready for any help it can give for peace.