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Russia Backs India for Permanent UNSC Seat After G20

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New Delhi: Russian Ambassador to India, Denis Alipov, emphasized the urgent need for reforms within the United Nations (UN) and its affiliated agencies, advocating strongly for India’s inclusion as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Alipov stated, “We believe that India, as a permanent member of the Security Council, could significantly contribute to promoting balance and an agenda that prioritizes the interests of the majority of the world, particularly countries in the Global South.”

In an interview with RT news agency, the Russian envoy reiterated their support for India’s candidacy, citing India’s successful non-permanent membership in the UNSC in 2021-2022, during which they led the Council twice, as well as their effective leadership during their G20 presidency.

Addressing concerns about polarization within the UN, Alipov noted that such divisions complicate discussions around expanding the Security Council, which already favors the West disproportionately.

Alipov stressed the importance of bringing the UN Security Council’s composition in line with modern realities and acknowledged India’s well-founded aspirations, along with other reputable contenders from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, for permanent membership, emphasizing the need for broad consensus in this regard.

Highlighting the flourishing trade ties and economic relations between Russia and India, Alipov described them as ‘unprecedented,’ noting Russia’s significant role as one of India’s top four trading partners. He underscored the growth in trade, particularly in hydrocarbons, mineral fertilizers, agricultural products, and diamonds, which he believes creates a conducive environment for further cooperation and strengthens mutual trust.

The strategic partnership between India and Russia, deeply rooted in historical ties and shared interests, has been characterized by extensive defense cooperation. Russia remains a major supplier of military equipment to India, with both countries engaging in joint military exercises, co-development of advanced military platforms, and technology transfers.

In recent years, energy collaboration has emerged as another key aspect of bilateral relations, with Russia providing technical assistance for the construction of India’s largest nuclear power plant, the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu. This cooperation underscores the strategic importance of nuclear technology for both countries’ energy security and technological advancement.

Despite criticisms from Western media and political leaders regarding India’s significant imports of Russian oil, New Delhi has defended its stance, emphasizing the importance of maintaining its strategic partnership with Russia.

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