Quad Announces New Mechanism On Ukraine Response; Agrees Ukraine Experience Should Not Be Allowed In Indo-Pacific
Ukraine – The four Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) leaders held a virtual emergency meeting on Thursday and announced a new mechanism for Ukraine’s response.
Slamming the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, they agreed to not allow similar “unilateral change to the status quo by force” in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Quad leaders – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and the United States President Joe Biden – exchanged their views on the Ukraine-Russia war.
They issued a joint readout on the Ukrainian crisis after the meeting. The joint readout stated that the Quad leaders discussed the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The document also stated that the Quad leaders have set up a new “mechanism” to communicate their response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The new mechanism will allow more intensive discussion on the response to the Ukrainian crisis.
The leaders agreed to provide new humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mechanism to help people in conflicted areas of Ukraine. Reportedly, it will also enable the Quad leaders to meet future humanitarian challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.
According to The Wire, Japanese PM Kishida told reporters in Tokyo that the Quad leaders had raised concern over the Ukrainian crisis and its impact in the Indo-Pacific region.
India also issued a press release that stated that the leaders discussed developments in Ukraine. The press release also stated that the Quad leaders must remain focused on its main objective of promoting peace in the Indo-Pacific region.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, said in a statement, “We cannot allow what is happening in Ukraine now to ever happen in the Indo-Pacific.”
US President Biden also wrote on Twitter on this matter. According to Reuters, the US sees the Quad and its growing relations with India as an important factor to push back against China.