China and India have not condemned the incorporation of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions into the Russian Federation.

The two leading Asian powers refused to participate in the UN Security Council (UNSC) vote on a resolution not to recognize the referendums held in the now former Ukrainian territory.

Explaining Beijing’s position, China’s permanent representative to the UN, Zhang Jun, said that the UNSC should be objective and impartial.

In his opinion, the Security Council’s actions should be focused on defusing tensions and resolving the crisis, and not on escalating it. The Chinese envoy urged the parties to the conflict to find a diplomatic solution.

For her part, India’s representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboi, also reiterated that her country had abstained from participating in the vote. She also spoke out against the escalation of belligerent rhetoric and called for finding a way to return to negotiations.

“In view of the entire developing situation, India is abstaining from voting,” the post said.

Recall that the day before, Russia had blocked a resolution in the UNSC on non-recognition of referendums in four regions. The document was prepared by the US and Albania.

It called the organized plebiscites in Donbas and Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions illegitimate. Ten countries voted for the resolution, while four states, including Brazil, abstained.

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