US Told India, UAE Neutrality Meant They Were in Russia’s Camp
US diplomats were instructed to inform their Indian and UAE counterparts that their position of neutrality on Ukraine put them in ‘Russia’s camp’, according to a report on Axios. The instruction was via a strongly-worded diplomatic cable, which has been recalled.
Rated sensitive but unclassified, the cable suggested that the US diplomats persuade India and the UAE to change their positions on Ukraine, the Axios reported.
The cable mentioned draft points for the United States to refer to for conversations with its Indian and UAE counterparts. According to the report, one of the talking points in the cable said, “Continuing to call for dialogue, as you have been doing in the Security Council, is not a stance of neutrality; it places you in Russia’s camp, the aggressor in this conflict”.
“We strongly encourage you to take the opportunity to support Ukraine in the Human Rights Council, an opportunity you failed to seize in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC),” it mentioned further.
Both India and UAE are big partners of the United States. While India is a key ally in US efforts to counteract an increasingly assertive China, the UAE is an active Persian Gulf player as well as an oil provider.
India on Wednesday abstained from voting against Russia at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the 11th emergency special session and fourth plenary meeting on the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine. However, the UAE supported the UNGA resolution.
Justifying India’s stand at UNGA, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that it was based on ‘certain careful considerations’ and taken ‘in the best interests’ of the country.
Last week, both India and the UAE along with China abstained on a US-sponsored Security Council resolution that condemned Moscow’s ‘aggression’.
Source: The Times of India
Neutral Swiss Join EU Sanctions Against Russia in Break With Past
Switzerland will adopt all the sanctions that the European Union has imposed on Russian people and companies and freeze their assets to punish the invasion of Ukraine, the government said in a sharp deviation from the country’s traditional neutrality.
“We are in an extraordinary situation where extraordinary measures could be decided,” President and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis told a news conference in Bern on Monday, flanked by the finance, defence and justice ministers.
The West is "disgusted" with India's PM for not acting like a former colony which is expected to prioritise the West's interests over their own.
India is staying neutral and India has every right to do so in a democratic rules based order.
— SanksP 🇮🇳🏴 (@SanksP) March 3, 2022
Only history would tell if such a move could happen again, he said. Swiss neutrality remained intact but “of course we stand on the side of Western values,” he added. [Which is why the sanctioned the US when it invaded Iraq. Oh wait.]
Switzerland also adopted financial sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, effective immediately, and closed its airspace to most Russian aircraft.
Switzerland has steered clear of imposing sanctions in a string of crises, including when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Up to now, the exception has been sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council, which it has to implement under international law.