India Calls For Peaceful Resolution Of Ukraine Situation

India this week gave its first official statement amid the ongoing tension between Russia and the West — led by the US — over Ukraine. It’s been a tense one-and-a-half months, with the possibility of war looming large. India calls for a peaceful resolution of the situation through sustained diplomatic efforts for long term peace and stability in the region and beyond.

What’s happening?

Ukraine has become a bone of contention in Moscow’s relations with the West, with Russian troops massed near its border and NATO’s forces on standby in case Russia attacks its neighbour.

Ukrainian forces have been patrolling the border in the east and the north, including in Chernobyl in Ukraine, which falls on the shortest route between Russia and Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital.

Is there a geography and resource angle too?

After Russia, Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe too. It has major ports on the Black Sea and shares borders with four NATO countries.

Europe depends on Russia for about one third of its natural gas – providing enormous leverage for Putin in any dispute with the West – and one of the main pipelines passes through Ukraine.

Controlling this Ukrainian territory would enhance Russia’s pipeline security.