‘Don’t patronise us’: Indian envoy to Dutch ambassador on Ukraine war


India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, T S Tirumurti, on Friday 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 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.”

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

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

You should not have abstained in the GA. Respect the UN Charter. Speaking at the UN security council, India condemned the killing of civilians in Bucha and supported the call for an independent investigation. "India remains on the side of peace", T S Tirumurti underlined.

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.

Since January, India has abstained on procedural votes and draft resolutions in the UN Security Council, the General Assembly, and the Human Rights Council over the Russia-Ukraine war.

In March, India abstained from the UN General Assembly on a resolution by Ukraine and its allies on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. India had aid that the focus should be on the cessation of hostilities and on providing urgent humanitarian aid.