- Dec 3, 2017
The Russia question
On Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the divergent positions of India and Germany was apparent from the joint statement. While Germany expressed “strong condemnation of the unlawful and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine by Russian Forces”, both sides agreed only to express “serious concern” about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
“They unequivocally condemned civilian deaths in Ukraine. They reiterated the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities. They emphasised that the contemporary global order has been built on the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states. They discussed the destabilising effect of the conflict in Ukraine and its broader regional and global implications,” the joint statement said.