‘Ukraine Conflict Trajectory Of Profound Concern’: Jaishankar Calls For End To War At UN

In its strongest condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, India on Thursday said the trajectory of the Ukraine conflict was a matter of “profound concern” and called for an immediate cessation of all hostilities and a return to dialogue and diplomacy.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly session, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the world had experienced the consequences of the Russia-Ukraine war in terms of higher costs and shortages of foodgrains and fertilizers and fuel.

“The trajectory of the Ukraine conflict is a matter of profound concern for the entire international community. The outlook appears truly disturbing,” ANI quoted Jaishankar as saying at the UNGA session.

“In a globalised world, its impact is being felt even in distant regions. We have all experienced its consequences in terms of higher costs and actual shortages of food grains, fertilizers and fuel. The global south, especially, is feeling the pain acutely. We must not initiate measures that further complicate the global economy,” Jaishankar further said.

Jaishankar said the need of the hour was to end the conflict in Ukraine and return to the negotiating table.

“India is strongly reiterating the need for an immediate cessation of all hostilities and a return to dialogue and diplomacy. Clearly, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized, this cannot be an era of war,” the Foreign Minister said.

The remarks come a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin called up 3,00,000 reservists with previous military experience to fight in Ukraine, the country’s first such mobilisation since the Second World War.

Putin also warned the West that he was not “bluffing” on his earlier remark that Russia was ready to use nuclear weapons to defend itself.

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