India Votes To Reject Russia’s Demand For Secret Ballot At UNGA

India voted to reject Russia’s demand for a secret ballot in the UN General Assembly on a draft resolution to condemn Moscow’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions. India favored a public vote on the text along with over 100 other nations. The 193-member UN Genral Assembly voted on a motion by Albania that action  on the draft resolution to condemn Russia’s illegal so-called referendums.

Russia had demanded the resolution be voted by the secret ballot to which the General Assembly decided not to reconsider the motion after 104 nations including India voted against the reconsideration.

Last month India had abstained while Russia vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution tabled by the US and Albania to condemn Moscow’s illegal referenda and declared the annexation of four Ukrainian territories as invalid. The draft resolution would repeat the demand that Russia withdraws its forces from Ukraine and from the war-torn-country’s internationally recognised borders.

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