For the first time, India votes against Russia in UNSC during procedural vote on Ukraine

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India for the first time on August 24 voted against Russia during a “procedural vote” at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Ukraine. 


  • The UNSC held a meeting to take stock of the six-month-old Russia-Ukraine conflict on the 31st anniversary of Ukraine's independence.
  • A procedural vote was requested regarding the participation of the Ukrainian President in the meeting held by video tele-conference.

  • The 15-member UNSC invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to address a meeting through a video tele-conference.

  • This is the first time India has voted against Russia on the Ukraine-Russia issue since Russian military action began in February.

  • So far, India has not participated in the UN Security Council on Ukraine due to the displeasure of the Western powers led by the United States.

  • Western countries, including the US, have imposed major economic and other sanctions on Russia after the attack on Ukraine.

  • India has so far not criticised Russia for its aggression against Ukraine.

  • India has repeatedly called on Russia and Ukraine to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue.

  • India has also expressed its support for all diplomatic efforts to end the conflict between the two countries.

About UNSC :

  • It was established in 1945 by the United Nations Charter.

  • It is one of the six major organs of the United Nations.

  • The other 5 organs of the United Nations are - the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Trusteeship Council, the Economic and Social Council, the International Court of Justice and the Secretariat.

  • It has five permanent members - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, collectively known as the P5. 

  • India is currently a non-permanent member of the UNSC for a two-year term, which expires in December.

  • Any one of them can veto a resolution.

  • Headquarters - New York

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