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‘Diplomacy is the answer, must look at ways of reconciling’: EAM Jaishankar on Russia-Ukraine crisis

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‘Diplomacy is the answer, must look at ways of reconciling’: EAM Jaishankar on Russia-Ukraine crisis
External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar on Russia-Ukraine crisis

With Western officials saying that Russia could invade Ukraine at any time, although Moscow has denied planning an invasion, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that diplomacy is the answer to resolve the crisis.

One has to look at ways of reconciling, the EAM said when asked about a new cold war-like situation amid tensions between the two neighbours. We are far more globalized, inter-penetrable and the situation calls for a very different kind of approach, Jaishankar said.

This statement from Jaishankar on the Russia-Ukraine crisis comes after US Vice President Kamala Harris warned Russia that if it invades Ukraine, the United States and its allies will impose “unprecedented economic costs” on Moscow.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, Harris vowed there would be a “swift, severe and united” response if Russia invades Ukraine.

Elaborating on the extent of sanctions, she said that the US will target Russia’s financial institutions, key industries and also those who are complicit and those who aid and abet this unprovoked invasion.

Jaishankar, who is in Munich to participate in a security conference, also held a series of meeting with ministers from Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.

Participating in a panel discussion on Indo-Pacific in Munich, the EAM also spoke on challenges in the IPR saying that they are different from the ones faced by Europe.

The most welcome development in the last 2 years has been Europe’s commitment to Indo-Pacific and this is something which is very essential for our stability and prosperity, he said.

The discussion was part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav event being hosted by the Consulate General of India in Munich and the Observer Research Foundation on the sidelines of the Conference.

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