On Thursday, Mexico formally suggested the formation of a peace commission with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Marcelo Ebrard, the foreign minister of Mexico, said that Modi, Pope Francis, and other world leaders should be brought together to help UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres mediate the situation in Ukraine.
“The goal would be quite obvious,” Ebrard said at a Security Council briefing on impunity in Ukraine. He delivered the proposal made by Mexico’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, during his Independence Day speech on Friday to the Council.
In his statement, Obrador stated that the panel, including Modi and Francis, “should immediately seek a cease of hostilities in Ukraine and the commencement of direct discussions” with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Given Russia’s veto in the Security Council, the Security Council and the international community have been unable to find a solution to terminate the invasion.
India has remained somewhat neutral in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, voting against Moscow in both the Security Council and the General Assembly. But New Delhi, which has strong historic ties to Moscow, has always pushed for an end to the war.
Last week, Modi personally delivered a harsh warning to Putin opposing the invasion. “Today is not a time of conflict. We’ve talked about it on the phone countless times: democracy, diplomacy, and discussion affect the entire world. “When they met in Samarkand, Modi told him. Following Ebrard, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar underlined New Delhi’s plea to halt the crisis and return to the discussion at the Council. In contrast, Pope Francis has firmly condemned Russia.
About Russo-Ukrainian War
The Russo-Ukrainian War has been raging between Russia and Ukraine since February 2014. Russia began hostilities soon after Ukraine’s Dignity Revolution, focused on the political status of Crimea and the Donbas, both of which are still internationally recognized as being part of Ukraine.
Russian incursions into Ukrainian territory culminated in the annexation of Crimea, which was quickly followed by the start of the Donbas war between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian state forces; fighting during the first eight years of the conflict included naval incidents, cyberwarfare, and heightened political tensions.
Bilateral tensions rose during 2021 as a result of Russia’s military buildup around Ukrainian territory, culminating in a severe escalation on February 24, 2022, when Russia invaded mainland Ukraine.
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