Tensions between Ukraine and Russia: All stakeholders should resort to talks to resolve their differences, says Meenakashi Lekhi

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Amid tensions between Ukraine and Russia and Moscow’s recognition of the independence of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi said on Wednesday that all stakeholders should resort to talks to resolve disputes. “India is in favor of a rule-based order. Peace must be maintained. All stakeholders must resort to talks to resolve disputes. Our Embassy. The Embassy will assist them,” the Minister said. of the Union to the ANI.

More than 20,000 Indian students are currently studying in different regions of Ukraine. Meanwhile, a special Air India flight landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) from Ukraine’s Boryspil airport with more than 240 Indian citizens on Tuesday night amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

“Air India special flight AI-1946 landed at Delhi airport with about 242 passengers at 23:30,” an Air India official told ANI. Air India will operate a total of three flights between Ukraine and India. Air India is the only airline in India operating flights from Ukraine during the looming tense situation in the country.

The Indian Embassy in Kyiv on Tuesday arranged additional flights from Ukraine amid ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia. The embassy issued an advisory amid the escalating situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border. The notice further lists the available flights from Kyiv to New Delhi along with the booking procedure. A total of four flights are scheduled to take off between February 25 and March 6. Regular flights of Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, Qatar Airways, etc. continue to operate their routine flights from Ukraine to India.

Tensions reached unprecedented levels when Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday recognizing the independence of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine. Later in the day, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) met following requests for an urgent meeting from the United States and its allies.

Condemning Russia’s decision to recognize the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations called on Moscow to return to the negotiating table as well as the immediate and verifiable complete withdrawal of the occupying troops. India strongly emphasized the need for all parties to exercise utmost restraint and intensify diplomatic efforts to reach a mutually amicable solution.

Speaking at the UNSC briefing on developments in Ukraine, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti, said the escalating tensions along the border between Ukraine and the Russian Federation was likely to jeopardize the peace and security of the region. Tirumurti called for restraint on all sides. “The immediate priority is the de-escalation of tensions taking into account the legitimate security interests of all countries to ensure long-term peace and stability in the region and beyond,” he said. (ANI)

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