India backs Russia against US-dictated Western sanctions

Sources in the government said: ‘India has never supported unilateral sanctions against any country e.g. Iraq or Iran. Therefore, we will also not support any unilateral measures by a country or a group of countries.’

These remarks come a day after Russian president Vladimir Putin explained the situation to prime minister Manmohan Singh who underlined India’s position on ‘unity and territorial integrity’ of countries and hoped a diplomatic solution would be found to the issue.

Earlier this month, national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon had said, ‘There are legitimate Russian and other interests involved and we hope they are discussed and resolved.’ America and the European Union have imposed sanctions on several officials from Russia and Ukraine accused of involvement in Moscow’s actions in the Black Sea peninsula. Australia has also announced its decision to impose financial and travel sanctions on a dozen political figures from the region.

Putin signed the treaty on Tuesday night with the Russian-backed leaders of Crimea, pressing ahead with an annexation that Washington and Ukraine’s new government say is illegal and unacceptable.
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