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Don’t patronise us, we know what to do: Indian envoy to Dutch ambassador on Ukraine war

By Priyanka Verma 
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United Nations: TS Tirumurti, India’ permanent representative to the United Nations, on Friday, May 6, gave a stern response to the ambassador of Karel van Oosterom, the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, over his comments on India’s stand on the Russia-Ukraine war. Responding to India’s statement at the UN security council meeting, the Dutch envoy took to Twitter and said that India “should not have abstained in the UN General Assembly on Ukraine.”

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The Dutch envoy wrote on Twitter to T S Tirumurti, “You should not have abstained in the GA. Respect the UN Charter.”

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In response to this, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador said, “Kindly don’t patronize us. We know what to do.”

The Twitter spat came hours after Tiumurti addressed the Security Council where he reiterated New Delhi’s neutral stance and said: “India remains on the side of peace and therefore believes that there will be no winning side in this conflict and while those impacted by this conflict will continue to suffer, diplomacy will be a lasting casualty.”

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Tirumurti said India “has strongly condemned the killing of civilians in Bucha and supported the call for an independent investigation”.

He also shared his full statement on Twitter. “At the UN Security Council meeting on #Ukraine this afternoon, I made the following statement,” he wrote.

Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 – three days after it recognized Ukraine’s breakaway regions – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent entities. The war between the two countries has now entered its 10th week. Thousands of people have been killed with no specific number as of now. Millions of people have also been forced to flee the war-torn country.

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