India has abstained from voting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on the Russia-drafted resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.
Of the 15 members of the UNSC, two countries voted in favour of the resolution while the rest 13 members countries, including the United States, abstained from the vote. While India and UAE joined the West in abstaining from the vote, China was the only country, barring Russia, to vote in favour of the resolution.
Amid the lack of nine votes in favour, the resolution failed to pass in the UNSC, CNN reported.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday listed six principles to explain India's response to the Ukraine crisis, which included the immediate cessation of violence, return to dialogue, diplomacy and humanitarian access.
Responding to a question about the war in Ukraine in Rajya Sabha, Jaishankar said that India's stance regarding the issue is based on six principles. "Our own position on Ukraine concern is very clear, based on six principles - immediate cessation of violence, return to dialogue and diplomacy, global order anchored on international law, UN charter, territorial integrity, humanitarian access. India is sending humanitarian assistance while being in touch with the leadership of Russia, Ukraine," he said.
Further responding to a question about the growing relations between Russia and China, Jaishankar said that the government is aware of the changes in international relations.
India has sent humanitarian aid consisting of medicines, medical equipment, relief materials to Ukraine.