India says only an inclusive solution will end the Ukrainian conflict Brazil blames historic rivalry between Russia and the west as Jeddah talks end
India’s national security adviser, who attended Saudi-hosted peace talks on Ukraine over the weekend, has emphasized that New Delhi views dialogue and diplomacy as the only viable path to ending the conflict.
Ajit Doval reaffirmed India’s commitment to finding a lasting and comprehensive solution to the crisis. “The global impact of the Ukraine conflict is substantial, particularly for countries in the Global South. In response, India is providing both humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and economic aid to its neighbouring countries in the Global South,” the official said, according to Indian media reports.
India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the first meeting of national security secretaries of Afghanistan, China, Iran, India and Russia, in the Iranian capital Tehran on September 26, 2018. © ATTA KENARE / AFP
“The meeting in Jeddah presents a twofold challenge — resolving the ongoing situation and mitigating the repercussions of the conflict. To address these challenges effectively, concerted efforts must be directed towards both aspects simultaneously, requiring substantial groundwork,” Doval added.
The national security adviser stressed need for all stakeholders to be involved, to achieve a just and enduring settlement. “It is in this spirit that India participated in the meeting in Jeddah,” he said.
The head of the Brazilian delegation to the Saudi-hosted summit on the Ukraine conflict has expressed doubt that any progress can be made without Russia’s involvement in the negotiations.
Top Brazilian presidential adviser Celso Amorim © AP / Eraldo Peres
Brazil’s chief presidential adviser, Celso Amorim, made the remarks by video link on first day of the gathering in Jeddah, to which Moscow was not invited.
“Any real negotiation must include all parties. Although Ukraine is the biggest victim, if we really want peace, we have to involve Moscow in this process somehow,” he said, according to a copy of his statement reported by the Brazilian news website G1.
Some 40 countries have been invited to the weekend talks Saudi Arabia. Many of them have so far resisted US pressure to take sides in the crisis, seeing the conflict as a proxy war between major powers in which they want no part.
Previously the talks were rejected by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who called the meeting “pointless” unless Russia was present.
“This is not only a conflict between Russia and Ukraine,” the head of the Brazilian delegation added on Saturday, according to the New York Times. “This is also a chapter in the longstanding rivalry between Russia and the West.”
Moscow remains skeptical about any “peace plan” to be presented in Jeddah, saying the summit is a mere attempt by the West to persuade neutral countries to back the so-called “ten-point peace formula” proposed by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has previously said the negotiations in the proposed format amount to “an attempt to exploit the sincere intentions of [participating] countries to cobble together an anti-Russian coalition.”
India was one of the four members of the BRICS group of emerging economies to take part in the Saudi-hosted peace talks, and Moscow has said it will discuss the outcome of the consultations with its BRICS partners.