Union minister for external affairs S Jaishankar on Wednesday informed Lok Sabha that India is strongly against the conflict escalating in Ukraine. This comment, by the Union minister comes in reply to earlier debate over the same.

Responding to the questions regarding India’s stand on Ukraine, Jaishankar said, “We are, first and foremost, strongly against the conflict. We believe that no solution can be arrived at by shedding blood & at the cost of innocent lives.”

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“In this day and age, dialogue and diplomacy are the right answers to any disputes,” Jaishankar also said in the lower house of the Parliament.

The Union minister further said that the conflict “has had significant consequences for the global economy and for our national economy.”

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“Like all countries, we too are assessing the implications and deciding what is best for our national interest,” he added.

On Tuesday, the Lok Sabha members took the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine for debate.

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As many as four Union ministers, Hardeep Singh Puri , Kiren Rijiju, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Gen VK Singh, who went to countries neighbouring Ukraine as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special envoys during the evacuation effort also took part in the debate.