PM Modi’s high level meeting on Ukraine issue

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new Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting on the Ukraine issue.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and others attended the meeting.

This comes at a time when the Indian government is evacuating Indian nationals from Ukraine under an evacuation plan called ‘Operation Ganga’.

A total of 469 Indian nationals have been evacuated from Ukraine so far, of which 250 landed in Delhi on Sunday morning and 219 in Mumbai on Saturday evening.

Earlier on Saturday, PM Modi spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and expressed India’s willingness to contribute in any way to peace efforts in the wake of the ongoing conflict situation in Ukraine.

President Zelensky briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the ongoing conflict situation in Ukraine due to Russian military operations. The Prime Minister called for an immediate end to the violence and a return to talks.

PM Modi expressed deep grief over the loss of life and property due to the ongoing conflict.

“They reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of violence and a return to dialogue and expressed India’s willingness to contribute in any way to the peace efforts,” a PMO release said.

PM Modi’s call with the President of Ukraine comes two days after a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He called for an immediate end to the violence and called on all sides to make concerted efforts to return to the path of diplomatic dialogue and dialogue in his talks with Putin.

The prime minister had also reiterated his longstanding conviction that differences between Russia and the NATO grouping could only be resolved through honest and sincere dialogue. President Putin had briefed the Prime Minister of the recent developments regarding Ukraine.

Notably, Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Ukraine on Friday (local time), while India, China and the UAE abstained from voting. The votes were 11 in favour, one against and three abstaining. India refrained from voting but New Delhi called for an immediate end to the situation in Ukraine and advocated a diplomatic solution.

The situation escalated after Russia on Monday recognized separate regions of Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhanussiysk – as independent entities.

ANI

First published:February 27, 2022, 10:27 pm

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