President Vladimir Putin thanked India for taking a â€œrestrained and objectiveâ€ stand on Russiaâ€™s muscle flexing in Ukraine. Addressing a joint meeting of the Russian Parliament on Tuesday on the occasion of Crimeaâ€™s reunification with Russia Mr. Putin singled out China and India as the countries that showed understanding for Russiaâ€™s role in the Ukraine crisis. â€œWe are grateful to all those who understood our actions in Crimea,â€ Mr. Putin said. â€œWe are grateful to the people of China, whose leadership sees the situation in Crimea in all its historical and political integrity. We highly appreciate Indiaâ€™s restraint and objectivity.â€ India did not join the Western powersâ€™ condemnation of Russiaâ€™s intervention in Crimea and kept a low profile on the issue. The Ministry of External Affairs on March 6 issued neutral comment expressing concern for the fate of â€œmore than 5000 Indian nationalsâ€ in Ukraine and called for â€œsincere and sustained diplomatic efforts to ensure that issues between Ukraine and its neighbouring countries are resolved through constructive dialogueâ€. National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon gave a clearer indication of where Indiaâ€™s sympathies lied when he said in reply to a question, â€œThere are legitimate Russian and other interests involved and we hope they are discussed and resolved.â€ India has not reacted to the Ukrainian Ambassadorâ€™s request to recognise the new interim government in Kiev and to voice â€œsupport against the Russian invasionâ€. China was the only U.N. Security Council member to abstain on a U.S.-tabled draft resolution criticising Russia for Crimea. Thirteen Security Council members supported the resolution, which was vetoed by Russia. At the height of the crisis Mr. Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed on telephone â€œfrom close positionsâ€ the Ukraine standoff, according to the Kremlin. Putin thanks India for its stand on Ukraine - The Hindu by the way what did India do?