Russian envoy says Indian students who fled Ukraine to be admitted to universities without losing out

Russian envoy says Indian students who fled Ukraine to be admitted to universities without losing out

Roman Babushkin, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi, said on Sunday that Indian students who had to leave their studies midway as they fled the Russia-Ukraine conflict will be offered admission in Russian universities without losing out on their previous academic years.

Babushkin said the students would be admitted to Russian universities where they can continue with their courses from where they were left off without losing out on the previous years of study.

The statement was made in response to questions by reporters about the fate of the over 20,000 students who fled Ukraine after Russia invaded the country in February this year.

In cases where the students held scholarships, it was possible that the same would be accepted in Russian varsities, said Ratheesh C Nair, Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian House in Thiruvananthapuram.

The fees being paid in Ukraine might not suffice in Russia, he said.

He said that students in Kerala can get in touch with the Russian House with their marksheets and other academic records and that the same would be forwarded to the Russian varsities that would get in touch with the students and their parents.

On the conflict in Ukraine, Babushkin claimed that the regime there was protecting neo-Nazis and that the war resulted from crossing a Lakshman Rekha of Russia.

He said it was a 'lakshman rekha' for Russia, a red line of red lines crossed by the West.

He stated that western nations like the USA do not want the war to end in Ukraine, as defence companies from there were benefiting from the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

He further stated that while the USA invested billions in setting up and supporting the regime in Ukraine, Russia never believed in such things and left it to the people to decide who should govern them.

He claimed that neither Russia nor its war with Ukraine can be blamed for the food crisis in the world, as the latter's contribution of wheat was barely one per cent of the global market.