India believes in rule-based order: Meenakshi Lekhi on Ukraine crisis

Amid escalating tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine, Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi on Wednesday said India believes in a rules-based order and all stakeholders should communicate with each other. “India believes in rules based order. We pray for harmony and peace all around. We want all stakeholders to communicate with each other,” he told PTI here.

On the evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine, Lekhi said the government is trying its best as it has done in the past, “be it the COVID-19 situation, the emergency in Libya or other exigencies”.

“India stands with its people. We urge citizens to get in touch with the embassy,” he said.

Amid rising tensions between Moscow and the West after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the two separate Ukrainian territories as independent states, India on Monday called for “restraint on all sides” at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. “Called.

It insisted that the immediate priority was “de-escalation of tensions” taking into account the legitimate security interests of all countries and aimed at achieving peace and stability in the region and beyond.

Indian students, who arrived here from Ukraine on Tuesday night, said they were happy to be back in their country.

Most of the students who spoke to PTI soon after their arrival here said they followed the advisory issued by the Indian Embassy in Kiev.

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