In UNGA, India votes to reject Russia’s demand for secret ballot on draft resolution on Ukraine

Moscow’s demand for a secret ballot was rejected after 107 UN member states, including India, voted in favor of a registered vote.

Moscow’s demand for a secret ballot was rejected after 107 UN member states, including India, voted in favor of a registered vote.

India voted to reject Russia’s demand for a secret vote in the UN General Assembly on a draft resolution to condemn Moscow’s “illegal” annexation of four regions of Ukraine, with New Delhi, along with more than 100 other countries, in favor of a public vote on the text.

The 193-member UN General Assembly on Monday, October 10, 2022, voted on a motion by Albania demanding action against the draft resolution condemning Russia’s “illegal so-called referendums” and “attempted illegal annexation” of Donetsk, Kherson. Ukraine’s Luhansk and Zaporizhzhya regions are voted on by registered ballot.

Russia had demanded that the resolution be voted by secret ballot.

Moscow’s demand for a secret ballot was rejected after 107 UN member states, including India, voted in favor of a registered vote.

Only 13 countries voted in favor of the Russian call for a secret ballot, while 39 abstained. Russia and China were among the countries that did not vote.

After the motion to hold a registered vote was passed, Russia appealed the ruling of the general assembly chairman.

A recorded vote was held on Russia’s appeal, and India was among the 100 countries that voted against Moscow’s challenge.

Russia then requested a reconsideration of the decision to adopt the motion submitted by Albania for a registered vote.

The General Assembly decided not to reconsider the motion after 104 countries, including India, voted against such a reconsideration, while 16 voted in favor and 34 abstained.

Russia’s Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia said UN membership had “witnessed an outrageous fraud in which the Speaker of the General Assembly unfortunately played a key role”.

“We have not been given the floor to make a point of order (the indicator light on our seat is still on), our statement was distorted and now UN member states are being deprived of their right to freely express their views.

“This is an unprecedented manipulation that undermines the authority of the General Assembly and the United Nations as a whole. In such circumstances, of course, we chose not to vote,” he said.

India’s point of view

India abstained from voting last month while Russia vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution tabled by the US and Albania to condemn Moscow’s “illegal referenda” and invalidate the annexation of four Ukrainian territories.

The 15-member UN Security Council had voted on the draft resolution on “illegal so-called referendums in Ukraine” hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties at a ceremony in the Kremlin to annex Ukraine’s Luhansk, Donetsk and Kherson regions and Zaporizhzhya.

The resolution was not adopted because permanent UN Security Council member Russia vetoed it.

Of the 15 country council, 10 countries voted in favor of the resolution and China, Gabon, India and Brazil abstained.

After Russia’s veto, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield pledged to continue to push for accountability at the United Nations in the General Assembly, where each country has a vote.

The President of the UN General Assembly, Csaba Korosi, reconvened the emergency special session on Ukraine, where a senior US government official said that the European Union, on behalf of an inter-regional editorial group of several dozen UN member states, was working on a resolution that had to be entered. considered in the meeting and during the emergency special session to condemn Russia’s actions as a clear violation of the UN Charter and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The draft resolution would reiterate demands that Russia withdraw its troops from Ukraine and from the war-torn country’s internationally recognized borders and end the unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine.

The resolution also calls on all states, international organizations and specialized agencies of the United Nations not to recognize and to refrain from any modification by Russia of the status of any or all regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk or Zaporizhzhya in Ukraine. any action or act that could be interpreted as acknowledging such changed status.

The UNGA action came hours after Russia launched attacks on multiple Ukrainian cities, including Kiev, that killed at least 10 people and injured about 60 others in Ukraine.

In New Delhi, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said: escalation of hostilities was in no one’s interest and noted that India was ready to support all these efforts aimed at de-escalating the situation.

“India is deeply concerned about the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, including attacking infrastructure and killing civilians,” he said, urging an immediate cessation of hostilities.

India has not yet condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has insisted that the crisis must be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.

India has abstained from voting on the conflict in Ukraine in the UN General Assembly and the Security Council.

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