Denmark foreign minister hails India’s efforts in tackling Ukraine-Russia conflict

The minister is part of the Denmark delegation led by the country’s royal couple, who arrived on a state visit to India on February 26.

| Updated: 28 February, 2023 5:23 pm IST

Denmark Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen on Tuesday hailed India’s efforts in tackling the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Speaking to The New Indian, Rasmussen said, “I held discussions with EAM S Jaishankar. I recognize that India didn’t vote in the favour of the UN resolution, but on the other hand, India worked hard in the G20 framework to deal with this question and provided Ukraine with humanitarian assistance.”

India abstained from voting on UNGA resolution castigating Russia for invasion of Ukraine on Friday last week. This was the sixth time India abstained from voting on any resolution regarding the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war.

By September 12 last year, New Delhi had sent twelve consignments weighing 105.22 tonnes of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine as well as to the neighbouring countries, where many citizens of the beleaguered nation had taken refuge after the Russian Army launched “the special military operations” in their country on February 24, 2022.

Rasmussen also said that India is moving rapidly towards self-reliance as it prepares to play a bigger role at the world stage. “I realise India is working hard to become more self-independent, preparing itself to play a bigger role on its own behalf. For instance, India is not as dependent on Russian fossil fuels as it used to be in the past. From my perspective, I see India moving forwards on all these questions.”

EAM S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that India-Denmark bilateral relations are growing stronger, after holding talks with his Danish counterpart. In a tweet he wrote, “Good to meet FM of Denmark @larsloekke this morning. Discussed our bilateral partnership that is growing from strength to strength. Also exchanged views on the state of the world. It calls for intensifying our cooperation.”

The minister is part of the Denmark delegation led by the country’s royal couple, who arrived on a state visit to India on February 26. Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik Andre Henrik Christian and Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth arrived in India on Sunday.

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