A leading US senator considered one of India’s staunchest supporters has expressed disappointment that India and Israel are “sitting on the sidelines” of the current Ukraine crisis and failing to intervene.
“It’s not a relativistic issue. It’s a choice between good and evil. And all democracies need to step up. Let’s increase the sanctions. Let’s get them more weapons. Let’s make sure we do everything we can to disable any ability to evade sanctions,” Sen. Mark Warner told Fox News in an interview.
Warner is chairman of the powerful Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and is also co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, which is the only country-specific caucus in the US Senate.
“I say this as a friend of two nations for a time and a longtime supporter of Israel. I am the chairman, co-chairman of the Indian Caucus. I am disappointed that countries like Israel and India, two great democracies , sit on the sidelines and without weighing,” he said.
In recent weeks, several prominent US senators have expressed deep disappointment with India’s stance on the Ukraine crisis. This includes John Cornyn, Republican co-chairman of the Senate India Caucus, and Indian American Congressmen Ro Khanna and Dr Ami Bera.
India, which has repeatedly failed to abide by UN resolutions on the Ukrainian crisis, has repeatedly reiterated its firm commitment to the principles of the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of States.
Peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with these principles has been India’s consistent stance which has stood the test of time, its officials said saying there was no choice but to return to the way of diplomacy.
India has consistently called for an immediate end to all hostilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly addressed the leaders of both parties and reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire and the need for both parties to return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy.
Furthermore, India has been extremely supportive of Ukraine’s requests regarding emergency financial needs to alleviate the humanitarian and economic crisis. The boards of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are disbursing funds to meet urgent financing needs and mitigate the economic impact of the war. India is a member of these councils.
For its part, India has already sent several tranches of humanitarian supplies to Ukraine and its neighboring countries. These include medicines, medical equipment, tents, goggles, water storage tanks, solar lamps, among other relief materials.
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