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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will respond to the Ukraine crisis debate at Lok Sabha today

A discussion should take place for two hours on the situation of Ukraine in Parliament.

New Delhi:

On Wednesday, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will respond to the Lok Sabha debate on the situation in Ukraine.

The discussion was kicked off on Tuesday by RSP member NK Premachandran and Congress MP Manish Tewari with members from multiple parties praising the government for its efforts to evacuate Indian students from Ukraine and also expressing concern over their future education .

The four Union Ministers – Hardeep Singh Puri, Kiren Rijiju, Jyotiraditya Scindia and General VK Singh – who visited Ukraine’s neighboring countries as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special envoys during the evacuation effort also took part in the debate.

Members of Congress discussed the relevance of the principles of non-alignment in the complex geopolitical situation created by the Ukrainian-Russian crisis.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Puri said Operation Ganga, which was undertaken to evacuate stranded Indians from Ukraine, was one of the best-coordinated evacuation missions and most successful in the world.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said several countries had closed their missions in Ukraine due to the conflict and “only India kept their mission running until the last citizen Indian be brought back”.

“When the war started, we heard a lot of remarks – why were the advisories not issued on time? India is one of the major countries that issued the first advisories. We issued advisories February 15, 18, 20 and 21 – four notices,” he said. noted.

“Prime Minister Modi took command into his hands, as ‘pradhan sevak’, as the protector of every citizen of India. Meetings were held day and night. As Hardeep Puri said he was in Guwahati , I was in PM. We received a phone call at 11:30 p.m. calling us back to Delhi, to be sent to Romania and Moldova,” he added.

Mr Scindia said IndiGo operated 35 flights, Air India operated 14, Go First operated 6, Air Asia operated three, Air India Express nine, SpiceJet nine and four C-17 Globemasters from the IAF carried out sorties and evacuated Indian citizens safely.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation, General VK Singh, said “the work that our country has done, no other country has done”.

He also spoke about efforts to evacuate Harjot Singh, an Indian student in Ukraine who had been shot and injured.

Union Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said Indian embassy staff helped with the evacuation work at the risk of their lives.

Participating in the debate, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah praised the government’s efforts to bring back Indian students.

He said Russia “felt threatened” by Ukraine’s moves to join NATO.

He recalled that Russia had signed an agreement with India that it had not signed with any other country.

“India was the only country with which the Russians, our ambassador then was DP Dhar, signed an agreement – they signed it with nobody – that the war against India will be the war against Russia. never forget that,” he said.

Farooq Abdullah said India “is a neutral country and has never taken sides”.

“We are friends with America and we are friends with Russia. We are not enemies of any of these countries. This is one of the greatest things the country has achieved since the days of Nehru. What say it was because of Nehru’s foreign policy of staying neutral with friends on all sides so that we can move forward and lift this country out of poverty and bring it up to the level of a developed country” , he added.

Congressman Shashi Tharoor said the Russian-Ukrainian crisis has geopolitical implications.

“In the short term, there are very worrying consequences. I would say the war in Ukraine exposed India’s strategic vulnerabilities in a difficult neighborhood, but nothing else. This would raise fundamental questions for our security,” he said.

“We see Russia and China getting closer and closer and if Russia is weakened as a result of this mishap, which it almost certainly will be, its weakening can only give China the upper hand in this relationship. In these circumstances, the neutralization of Russia, or even the coming of Russia alongside China, is of great concern to us,” he added.

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