Highlights of the story
- Germany spoke about India’s position on the Russian attack
- He said India’s attitude is expected to change
- Russia’s NATO concerns are false
Russia-Ukraine war: Germany still expects India to change its position on the Russia-Ukraine war at the United Nations. The statement came a day after talks between Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar and German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbach. During the conversation, the German Foreign Minister stressed the importance of isolating Russia.
Now Walter Linder, the German ambassador to India, said in a conversation with The Hindu that he still has faith in India. In the context of the Foreign Ministers’ conversation, Walter Linder was asked whether the German Foreign Minister had spoken to the Indian Foreign Minister. Is India ready to join hands with Russia against Russian invasion of Ukraine?
The ambassador replied, ‘Indian diplomats can best answer this question because only they can state India’s position in the best possible way. But through phone conversations, through interventions, we have made it clear that we are all in the same boat. We argue for all international rules and oppose the violation of sovereignty with regional unity. India also adheres to these policies.
He added, ‘Not only we but many countries in the world have spoken to the Indian side. Of course, now it is up to India to decide what it wants to do. Ukraine may be far from India, but if we tolerate all the human rights violations suffered in Ukraine, this injustice can happen anywhere in the world, even in India … If Putin is allowed to do whatever he wants, then we should all bear its burdens.
Is Germany disappointed with India’s position?
India has so far maintained a neutral stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. India did not participate in the UN Security Council referendum, which was held twice against the Russian occupation. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held a referendum on Monday, with India abstaining. Along with India, China and the United Arab Emirates have so far abstained from voting on Russia.
To the German diplomat, who was asked if he felt that Germany had not been able to properly convey its views with India on the change in India’s position, and that Germany was thus disappointed, he said, ‘There is still time. Even now, we are taking our word to India. If Russia is allowed to do all this, it will be to the detriment of all.
As Germany has voted against Russia in resolutions criticizing Russia’s offensive, India has maintained a balanced position. Like many countries, India wants Germany to condemn Russia’s aggression and vote against it, but India has done nothing of the sort. In this regard, to the German Ambassador, will this have any adverse effect on Indo-German relations?
He replied, ‘We understand that everyone in the world needs to argue for peace. Everyone should criticize those who spearhead the peace.
He calls Russia’s argument about diplomatic aggression a false excuse
The German ambassador was also questioned about Russia’s concerns. In fact, Russia sees the expansion of the Western military organization NATO as a threat. NATO has expanded to Russia’s closest countries over the past few decades, and now there is talk of Ukraine joining NATO, which Russia wants to stop at any cost.
When asked about NATO and Russia’s security concerns, the German ambassador said, “There is no truth in this, it is a false story. If you attack your neighbor, you will definitely need fake excuses like this. These arguments are false. It is up to a country to decide whether or not to join NATO. No such plan has been put in place to even make Ukraine a member of NATO. It is an attack on the peace and freedom of Europe.
Do Western countries follow a double standard?
When the US invaded Iraq in 2003, the German ambassador was asked if the West was said to be in a dual position.
He went on to say, “We need to go to the bottom of all such activities in countries like Libya and Iraq and see if there is any similarity between them and the current attacks. But you will remember that Germany and France did not support the US invasion of Iraq because we supported the US invasion.
The arguments were unbelievable. In the case of Ukraine, it is very clear that this is wrong and a violation of international law and human rights.
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