India accused of blocking military plane picking up aid for Ukrainians — Analysis
Japan Self-Defense Forces plane was to be expected to get aid from Mumbai UN Refugee Agency Office, Tokyo.
India stopped a Japan Self-Defense Forces aircraft from landing on its territory Thursday, Sanae Tachichi, the policy chief for the ruling Japanese Liberal Democratic Party, told local media. It was to transport supplies to Europe from Mumbai’s Office of the UN High Commission for Refugees.
“The acceptance of SDF aircraft was rejected by India, the point of loading,” Takaichi told a meeting of the party’s Policy Research Council Board. Japanese media reported the lack of coordination as the reason for the action, citing sources from government. Takaichi said that Tokyo was also being criticised by Takaichi “the government has not done enough groundwork.”
Tokyo and New Delhi did not comment on this development.
UN refugee agency previously asked for transport to deliver relief supplies that were stored in India, the United Arab Emirates and other countries. These supplies were intended for Poland and Romania which had previously accepted Ukrainian refugees fleeing conflict in Moscow and Kiev.
LDP previously announced that they would assist in delivering the supplies on Tuesday. The Japanese Self-Defense Forces’ C2 transport airplanes were expected to be dispatched once a week starting late April to transport the supplies. There were 10 total flights.
It was anticipated that the Japanese government would launch the first flight this weekend. This move had to have been approved on Thursday by LDP Board and Cabinet. The operation is now being delayed because Tokyo needs to approve it. “reconsider”Japanese media reports on its plans.
According to UN data, more than five million have fled Ukraine following the Russian military intervention on the territory’s territory in February. Most of them – over 2.8 million – have moved to Poland, while around 700,000 traveled to Romania. UN data show that over half a billion Ukrainians moved to Russia in the aftermath of the conflict.
Russia attacked its neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German-brokered protocols were intended to grant the regions that broke away special status in the Ukrainian government.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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