NEW DELHI, March 19 � With Russia facing sanctions from the US and some other countries after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine, India today made it clear that it will not support any �unilateral measures� against the Russian government, reports PTI.
�India has never supported unilateral sanctions against any country, eg, Iraq or Iran. Therefore, we will also not support any unilateral measures by a country or a group of countries,� sources in the government said here.
The remarks came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin explained the situation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who underlined India�s position on �unity and territorial integrity� of countries and hoped a diplomatic solution would be found to the issue.
Earlier this month, National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon had said, �There are legitimate Russian and other interests involved and we hope they are discussed and resolved.�
The US and the EU have imposed sanctions on several officials from Russia and Ukraine accused of involvement in Moscow�s actions in the Black Sea peninsula. Australia has also announced its decision to impose financial and travel sanctions on a dozen political figures from the region.
Putin signed the treaty last night with the Russian- backed leaders of Crimea, pressing ahead with an annexation that Washington and Ukraine�s new government say is illegal and unacceptable.