India Japan News: India lets Japanese commercial planes claw back Ukraine aid

India said on Thursday it had allowed Japanese commercial planes to land here to pick up aid for Ukrainian refugees in Eastern Europe as Japan claimed New Delhi had not allowed the plane to land here. entry of a Japanese military transport plane to pick up supplies.

“We had received a request from Japan for permission to land in Mumbai to pick up humanitarian supplies from the UNHCR depot for Ukraine and its neighboring countries. We have given our approval for the collection of these supplies from India using commercial aircraft,” the MEA spokesperson said, clarifying that the clearance was granted for civilian aircraft and not military.

Instead, India allowed the overflight request of Japanese SDF planes carrying humanitarian cargo for Ukraine. “This has been processed and approved in accordance with established standards,” according to the MEA spokesperson.

An Air Self-Defense Force C-2 transport plane was to retrieve relief items such as blankets stored by a UN agency in India and the United Arab Emirates, and transport them to Poland and Romania, two countries bordering Ukraine and have taken in refugees from the war-torn country, according to Japanese officials.

Earlier, India had agreed at the working level to allow the transport plane to land but suddenly withdrew its consent on Wednesday, a Japanese lawmaker claimed at a party meeting in Japan on Thursday.

India has differences with the West in addition to Japan on the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict. New Delhi has repeatedly emphasized dialogue and diplomacy to resolve the conflict. India has neither condemned Russia’s “special military operations” in Ukraine, nor supported Western-backed resolutions at the UN against Russia.

The Modi government has also publicly deferred with the United States and Europe being called out for its limited oil purchases from Russia as Europe continues to make daily volumes of energy imports from Moscow. . Differences between India and Japan over the conflict were evident during the Japanese prime minister‘s visit last month. ? Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet was expected to formally approve the plane’s dispatch plan on Friday, possibly in late April, but the flight will be postponed following India’s withdrawal of consent, the aforementioned lawmaker alleged.

Some of the participants in the Japanese ruling party meeting accused the government of failing to consider the possibility that India, which is heavily dependent on Russian military and energy supplies, might reject the plan, the report reported. Japanese news agency Kyodo News quoting the lawmaker.

Japan will still try to send the military plane to carry relief supplies to Ukrainian refugees. The plan was developed following a request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Japan’s Self-Defense Force planes have already delivered body armor and helmets to Ukraine via Poland.

Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said earlier this week that Japan would also use commercial flights to supply Ukraine with chemical weapons protective masks and suits, as well as civilian drones, following of a request from the Ukrainian government.