India at UNSC amid Russian-Ukrainian conflict

As food and energy prices soar, especially for many developing countries in the wake of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, India for the first time told the Security Council of the UN that energy security was a “serious concern” and had to be “resolved through cooperative efforts.”

India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador R Ravindra, speaking at the UNSC meeting on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine on Tuesday, said the food security challenges emanating from the conflict in Ukraine “force us to react creatively”.

“The impact of the situation is being felt beyond the region with rising food and energy costs, especially for many developing countries. It is in our collective interest to work in a constructively, both inside and outside the United Nations, seeking a speedy resolution of the problem,” he said.

“Growing shortages can only be solved by moving beyond the constraints that currently bind us. Energy security is also a serious concern and must be addressed through cooperative efforts,” Ravindra said.

It is the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 that India at the UN Security Council has stressed the need to address the issue of energy security following of the conflict through “cooperative efforts”.

In its previous statements on Ukraine before the powerful UN body, India has argued that the impact of the crisis is being felt beyond the region with rising food and energy costs, especially for many developing countries.

He also said that the conflict was impacting the global economy, particularly many developing countries, including through the disruption of supply chains and its negative impact on energy and commodity prices was obvious.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar who was in Washington recently for the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between India and the United States – interviewed during a press conference on India’s oil purchase to Russia – said: “If you are considering energy purchases from Russia, I would suggest that your focus be on Europe.

“We buy energy, which is necessary for our energy security. But I suspect that looking at the numbers, our total purchases for the month would probably be less than what Europe does in an afternoon.” Jaishankar, speaking alongside British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss at the Indo-British Strategic Futures Forum in New Delhi last month, said that “when oil prices go up, I think it’s natural for countries to jump into the market and look for what the bargains are for their people.”

“But I’m pretty sure if we wait two or three months and actually look at who the big buyers of Russian oil and gas are, I suspect the list wouldn’t be too different from what it was and I suspect that we won’t be in the top 10 of this list,” he said.

Ambassador Ravindra said India supports calls for guarantees of safe passage to deliver essential humanitarian and medical supplies; in particular by setting up permanent humanitarian corridors.

“We hope the international community will continue to respond positively to the evolving humanitarian needs,” he said. Ambassador Ravindra noted with concern that the humanitarian situation in Ukraine has further deteriorated and that women and children have been disproportionately affected, forming the bulk of the people who have moved to neighboring countries and displaced to inside Ukraine. »

India remains deeply concerned at the worsening situation and reiterates its call for an immediate cessation of violence and an end to hostilities.

“We have insisted from the beginning of the conflict on the need to continue on the path of diplomacy and dialogue. When innocent human lives are at stake, diplomacy must prevail as the only viable option,” he said. .

India continues to stress to all UN member states that the global order is anchored on international law, the UN Charter and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of states, he added. Indian ambassador.

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Posted: Wednesday April 20th 2022, 3:15 PM IST

Virginia S. Braud