India's tightrope walk on the Ukraine standoff today got more challenging as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered military operation inside the neighbouring state.
Speaking at the emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, warned that the situation is in danger of "spiralling into a major crisis".
Ambassador Tirumurti added that there is a risk to the "peace and security of the region", if the situation in not handled carefully. He reiterated India's position of peaceful means to settle disputes, and said, "India has consistently advocated at the United Nations the need for peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law and with agreements entered into by parties concerned."
India called for "de-escalation of tensions, and emphasised on diplomacy to address all issues concerning the situation". As has been India's position, Ambassador Tirumurti reaffirmed the "call to exert greater efforts to bridge divergent interests". He talked about the "legitimate security interests" of all parties, which should be taken into consideration.