Differences over Ukraine crisis will have no impact on India-Europe relations, says German envoy | India News

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Disputes between Europe and India over Russia’s attack on Ukraine will not impact relations between the two sides, the outgoing German ambassador said on Wednesday. Walter J Lindner.
Meanwhile, the envoy said allowing an ‘aggressor’ like Russian President Vladimir Putin not to face the consequences of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine could hurt other countries with neighborhoods in trouble in the future.
When asked at a press conference if he was referring to China in the context of India’s neighborhood, the German ambassador did not make it clear but insisted that all countries of the world should stand up against the Russian invasion to avoid similar situations in other parts of the world.
He replied in the negative when asked if the differences between India and European countries over the Ukraine crisis would impact relations between the two sides.
“No. On the contrary, I think what Putin’s war has shown is that we need friends, we need allies, people and countries who share values ​​like democracy and freedom of movement…because of this stuff (Ukrainian crisis) we see more pressure towards an EU-India free trade agreement for example,” the ambassador said.
The European Union harshly criticized the Russian invasion and imposed a series of crippling economic sanctions on Moscow for its attack on Ukraine.
India has yet to condemn the Russian attack on Ukraine and has pushed for an immediate cessation of violence and resolution of the crisis through diplomacy and dialogue.
Lindner said there was an understanding of India’s position on the Ukraine crisis in Europe and that New Delhi’s pattern of voting at the United Nations on Russian aggression will have no bearing on India’s ties. EU with India.
India had abstained from voting on UN resolutions against the Russian attack.
The German ambassador said India was expected to be clearer on condemning Russian aggression, but added that “we understand India’s position because every country has a story. and a different neighbourhood”.
“We never pressured India on this. What we wanted to convey was the simple fact that there is a danger in principle.
“And the principle is that if you allow an aggressor, in this case, Putin’s war, to attack and aggro a neighboring country, violating sovereignty, violating all the norms that exist…if you allow that it happens without consequences, then we will have problems in the future,” he said.
“There are so many nations in the world that have border disputes and some kind of setback with neighbors. I’m not going to go into detail about who it might be for India. The fact is if it’s allowed , so who’s next,” the envoy said.
He said if Russia is not stopped, “every future aggressor will then say that we just followed Putin’s example.”
“It’s time to say no to Russia by everyone in the world who has any influence on Putin,” Lindner said.
The envoy said that all countries in the world should be aware of the consequences of the invasion and such behavior should not be forgiven.

Christi C. Elwood