India On Russian Black Sea Deal: India has expressed support for the efforts of the United Nations in continuing the Black Sea Grain Initiative and expressed hope for an early resolution of the current impasse. The day before, Russia announced it was suspending a deal allowing food and fertilizer exports from Ukrainian ports during the war.
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj told the General Assembly’s annual debate on the situation in the Provisional Occupied Territories of Ukraine that India is concerned about the recent developments in the region, which have not been conducive to achieving the larger objective of peace and stability.
India hopes for an early resolution- Kamboj
Ruchira Kamboj said, ‘‘India supports the efforts of the UN Secretary-General in continuing the Black Sea Grain Initiative and looks forward to an early resolution of the current impasse. India is concerned about the situation in Ukraine. Many people have lost their lives in this war and especially women, children and the elderly are suffering. Lakhs of people have become homeless and are forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries.’’
He said, ’’India’s approach to the war in Ukraine will remain people-centric. We’re providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine and some of our neighbors to the south who are struggling with rising food, fuel and fertilizer costs amid economic crises.’’
UN Secretary-General expresses grief
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep sorrow over Russia’s decision to stop the Black Sea Initiative and said that this initiative ensured the safe movement of more than 32 million tons of food items through Ukrainian ports. Guterres said that the Black Sea Initiative and the MoU on enabling the export of Russian food products, fertilizers have been a ray of hope for global food security.
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