India neutral on Russia’s special operation in Ukraine — Russian envoy

RUSSIAN NEWS AGENCY – MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. India is aware of the goals of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine and takes a balanced position on this issue, Russian Ambassador to India Denis Alipov said in an interview with the Russia-24 TV channel.

“India is well aware of not only the goals of the operation, but also the origin of the security situation in Europe, all circumstances of Russian-Ukrainian relations in recent years and decades. This is one of the purposes why India is taking a fairly balanced position in relation to the aggravation that we are witnessing,” Alipov noted.

According to the Russian envoy, unlike Western countries, India does not demonize Russia with respect to the situation in Ukraine. “India adopts its own neutral position,” he stressed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 launched a special operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help from the leaders of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans to occupy Ukrainian territories. Its sole aim, Putin emphasized, is to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine.