Days after China shows support for Russia, India chooses sides
By Staff Writer
INDIA (INTELLIHUB) — Political representatives from India have weighed in on the crisis in Crimea, boldly taking the side of Russia, putting forward an even more explicit show of support than China offered earlier in the week.
National security adviser Shivshankar Menon said India wants the confrontation between the West and Moscow over Ukraine resolved peacefully. However, he added that they also hoped that the interests of Russia were taken into account.
“We hope that whatever internal issues there are within Ukraine are settled peacefully, and the broader issues of reconciling various interests involved, and there are legitimate Russian and other interests involved…. We hope those are discussed, negotiated and that there is a satisfactory resolution to them,” Menon said.
Menon’s reference to Russia’s “legitimate interests” provoked anger from interim representatives in Kiev.
“We are not sure how Russia can be seen having legitimate interests in the territory of another country,” Roman Pyrih, the media secretary at the Ukrainian embassy in New Delhi, said. “In our view, and in the view of much of the international community, this is a direct act of aggression and we cannot accept any justification for it.”
Earlier this week, The Russian Foreign Ministry publicized a telephone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, that took place on Monday.
“The foreign ministers have exchanged their views on the situation in Ukraine. They noted a broad overlap of the Russian and Chinese views on the current situation in and around this country (Ukraine),“ the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Menon also referenced how the west is partly to blame for the crisis through the funding of rebel groups, this is no longer a conspiracy theory, this is now confirmed conspiracy fact.
As we reported earlier today, US presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich even confirmed this fact, saying that “U.S. taxpayers’ money was used to knock off an elected government in Ukraine”.