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India says Ukraine crisis 'wake-up call' for Europe to look at Asia

Jaishankar fends off questions from Western counterparts on Indian stance

 Speaking at the annual Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi on April 26, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar encouraged Western critics of India's neutral position on Ukraine to take a look at their own recent shortcomings, particularly in Afghanistan. (Photo by Yuki Kohara) 

NEW DELHI -- With immense Western pressure on New Delhi to take a tough stand against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Tuesday that the ongoing conflict "could be a wake-up call for Europe" to also look at challenges faced by Asia and to rules-based order in the region.

The minister was responding to questions from some of his European counterparts during a town hall session at the annual Raisina Dialogue, India's flagship conference on geopolitics and geoeconomics, which is jointly organized by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi-based think tank.

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