India today said that the escalations of tensions between Russia and Ukraine are a matter of great concern, and de-escalation should be the immediate priority.
This was at an emergency meeting called by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
“We need to give space to the recent initiatives undertaken by parties which seek to diffuse tensions. In this context, we welcome the intense efforts underway, including through the Trilateral Contact Group and under the Normandy format. We need Parties to exert greater efforts to bridge divergent interests. We cannot afford to have a military escalation,” India’s Permanent Representative to United Nations, TS Tirumurti, was quoted as saying by NDTV.
“The escalation of tension along the border of Ukraine with the Russian Federation is a matter of deep concern. These developments have the potential to undermine the peace and security of the region,” Tirumurti added.
India brought attention to the fact that many Indian nationals live and study in different parts of Ukraine, and their safety is paramount to India. “Safety and security of civilians essential. More than 20,000 Indian students and nationals live and study in different parts of Ukraine, including its border areas. The well-being of Indians is of priority to us,” said Tirumurti.
India has also appealed to all sides to speed up diplomatic efforts for an amicable solution at the earliest.
“In conclusion, we strongly emphasize the vital need for all sides to maintain international peace and security by exercising the utmost restraint and intensifying diplomatic efforts to ensure that a mutually amicable solution has arrived at the earliest,” he said.