New Delhi. German Ambassador to India Philipp Ackermann has said that China’s encroachment on India’s border is a violation of the international order. It should not be accepted. At the same time, Europe’s outrage over the Russian attack on Ukraine also needs to be understood. Newly appointed German Ambassador Philipp Ackermann was talking to media persons on Monday. He termed China’s claims on Arunachal Pradesh as “shocking”. Describing the Russian attack on Ukraine as the most serious attack in the world in the last 70 years, Ackerman said he believed the Indian side also understood very well that it was a violation of international law.
India and Europe cannot agree on “every point” as far as the Ukraine crisis is concerned, but there is an understanding between the two sides about the problem, he said. He said, ‘We are aware of India’s problem on the northern border. We must not forget that China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of China. We clearly see that encroachment on the border is extremely difficult and should not be accepted.
The German ambassador said that India should also differentiate between China’s border and what is happening in Ukraine. Regarding the Indian stand on Ukraine, he said, “I think the Indian side understands very well the violation of international law.” Got permission to digitally address the global body. He said that this is a progress in India’s stand.
He said the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been a frequent topic of discussion between Germany and India and has “manifold implications” on areas such as food and energy security. He said that Russia is playing with the energy supply to Germany and Russia has a contract to supply 20 percent of its gas and now they have stopped it for the last few days. (agency input)
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FIRST PUBLISHED : August 30, 2022, 18:02 IST