Foreign Secy Harsh Vardhan Shringla reaches New York for vote on UN’s resolution on Ukraine crisis

The Foreign Secretary is foreseen to take part in the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the UN and the League of Arab States.

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India’s top official, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, reached New York, before the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Security Council (UNSC) voted on draft resolutions on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

The Foreign Secretary is foreseen to take part in the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the UN and the League of Arab States.

“Delighted to welcome Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla in New York. Foreign Secretary will join in the UN Security Council meeting on cooperation between the UN and the League of Arab States,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti informed on Twitter.

Shringla’s arrival in New York arrives as the United Nations is ready to watch a busy and crucial day over Russia’s attack on Ukraine. After the UNSC meeting on cooperation among the United Nations and the League of Arab States, the Council is predicted to vote on a draft resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine put forward by Russia.

The UN General Assembly will also continue the 11th Emergency Special Session on Ukraine and vote on a resolution proposed by Ukraine and its allies. On earlier occasions, India abstained on resolutions in the Security Council and the General Assembly on the Russian invasion against Ukraine.

Moscow had a previous week put off a vote on its resolution and US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that Russia did so “because they realized that they didn’t have backing for that resolution”.

On what kind of vote the Russian resolution will bring in the Security Council on Wednesday, she told “there is no support for the resolution in the Council”. The American envoy asserted that Russia putting forth a humanitarian resolution on Ukraine is akin to an “arsonist summoning for the neighbours to enable him put out the fire that he began in one neighbour’s house”.

While Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative Dmitry Polyanskiy said to agencies that Russia will go-ahead for a vote in the Security Council on its draft resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine Wednesday.

“We submitted a UNSC draft resolution that will be voted on tomorrow. It will be a good opportunity to see if our Western colleagues really mind about the things that they endorse in their statements because they are all in our resolution. We’ll discern whether they are critical about it or whether it is just a false flag for them,” he informed reporters on Tuesday.

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