Russia-Ukraine War: PM Modi meets Putin, calls for ceasefire, dialogue to resolve crisis

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new Delhi: PM Narendra Modi holds meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding Russia’s military operation against Ukraine on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the recent developments regarding Ukraine during the meeting.

According to a statement by the PMO, PM Modi emphasized the importance of resolving the issue through dialogue.

“The Prime Minister reiterated his longstanding conviction that differences between Russia and the NATO grouping can only be resolved through honest and honest dialogue. The Prime Minister called for an immediate end to the violence, and that all parties Called upon to make concerted efforts to return to the path of diplomatic dialogue and dialogue,” the PMO’s statement read.

PM Modi also expressed concern over the safety of Indians in Ukraine and urged Putin to ensure their safe exit.

The PMO statement said, “The Prime Minister also conveyed to the Russian President India’s concerns regarding the safety of Indian citizens, especially students, in Ukraine and that India accords top priority to their safe exit and return to India.” ”

“The leaders agreed that their officials and diplomatic teams will maintain regular contact on issues of topical interest.”

Earlier, while addressing the media on the situation in Ukraine, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, “In our statements at the UNSC, I think we have ensured that people need to talk to each other, the parties. needs to be involved. If there’s anything we can do to facilitate that engagement, we’re very happy to do. I think as we move forward, we’ll try and be as helpful as possible Will be.”

He was asked whether India was playing any role in talking to both the United States and Russia regarding the Russia-Ukraine crisis and military operations launched by Russia.

The Foreign Secretary said that India has built excellent relations with all the countries concerned.

“Whether it is the USA, Russia or the EU. We are in touch with all relevant parties. As you can imagine, as a country, as a member of the Security Council, there is a lot at stake in that area. As a country, Shringla said, “With so many citizens in the sensitive area, we are in close contact with all concerned. The External Affairs Minister was in Europe, where he has had several meetings with his interlocutors.”

“This evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to President Vladimir Putin. The External Affairs Minister himself has spoken to several EU ministers and will speak to his counterparts who are from neighboring countries, mainly our own citizens and Ukraine. very important for their safe evacuation.

“Our focus at the UNSC has always been to de-escalate tensions, diplomatic dialogue is the only way forward. We have also emphasized the existing agreements, the Minsk Agreements, the Normandy Format. We have clearly placed the highest importance as well. Ukraine In the safety and security of our citizens,” he said.

The Indian Embassy in Kiev today said the current situation in Ukraine is highly uncertain and Indian citizens should remain calm and safe amid escalating situation in Ukraine following Russian military operations.

First published:February 24, 2022, 10:58 PM

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