'We Never Wanted...': Russian Embassy On Indians Being Forced To Join Its Army

The Russian embassy in New Delhi denied wanting Indian citizens in its army, noting cases where Indians were deceived into joining.
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“We are honest with everyone,' said Roman Babushkin.

Moscow: The Russian Army doesn’t want Indian citizens, particularly if they have been tricked into joining, the charge d’affaires at the Russian embassy, Roman Babushkin, said on Wednesday.
"We never wanted Indians in our army. There are only 50-60 people and that makes no difference anyway. That too, people have been cheated by criminal elements into joining after getting them to Russia on tourist visas. We are on the same side as India on this. This should be resolved soonest and after investigations in both countries, action should be taken,” he added. Asked whether the soldiers will get compensation and citizenship (for the families in case of fatalities, he said Russia will fulfill “contractual obligations.” He added: “We are honest with everyone.”
Referring to the recent reports of Russian missile attacks on a children’s hospital in Kyiv, killing 20 people, he said it was a “false picture” as it was a Ukrainian anti-missile missile that hit the hospital. The weapon, he said was supplied by Norway.
He called the war with Ukraine one “not between Russia and Ukraine but between Russia and the West.” He added that Ukraine should be non-aligned, non-nuclear, and neutral and called the recent peace conference in Switzerland where Russia was not present, a “tamasha.”
Babushkin added that Russia appreciated India’s position on the war adding that it was in Russia’s national interest and that the West had given Ukraine weapons worth $200 billion. India has a clear understanding of the origin of the conflict, he said and there was an in-depth discussion on Ukraine between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
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