First time in its history, India has voted for a procedural matter that Russia opposed at the UN Security Council. While moving against Russia’s stance, India on Wednesday joined 12 other members of the Council to vote for inviting the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to speak via remote video link.
Whereas, China, on the other hand, has still not voted and Moscow naturally voted against the invitation, but as it was a procedural matter, it did not count as a veto.
From the second since the meeting started, Russia’s Permanent Representative Vassily Nbenzia, objected to Zelenskyy’s video link arrangement, demanded that he should come in person to the Council chamber and asked for the vote, which ended up showing Moscow’s isolation.
Though, it was the very first time India had not abstained on the matter which is directly in connection with Ukraine and voted with the west.
The source revealed that Wednesday’s vote was different from the issue India had abstained on, which was more substantial.
The source noted that, “It was only for or against Zelenskyy’s participation.”
While speaking during the meeting, India’s Permanent representative Ruchira Kamboj stuck to New Delhi’s distinctive version of neutrality in the Ukraine war.
After being allowed to speak via video, Zelenskyy alerted that the global security depends on how Russia’s invasion is managed.
Zelenskyy added that, “It is on the territory of Ukraine that the world’s future will be decided. Our independence is our security.”