PM Modi speaks to Putin, urges him for an immediate ceasefire & dialogue
After Ukraine’s Ambassador to India requested PM Modi to talk to Putin and bring an end to the escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialed Putin and urged him for an immediate ceasefire.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, called the Russian President Vladimir Putin and urged him for an immediate ceasefire. Modi also stressed the issue of safe evacuation of the Indian citizens from war-torn Ukraine. Putin, during the telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Modi, also apprised him about all the recent developments between Russia and Ukraine. Both the leaders agreed that their officials and diplomatic teams would continue to maintain regular contacts on the issues of topical interest.
A statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) reads out “Prime Minister [Modi] reiterated his long-standing conviction that the differences between Russia and the NATO group can only be resolved through honest and sincere dialogue.” The statement further stated that “Prime Minister Modi also sensitized the Russian President Putin about India’s concerns regarding the safety of the Indian citizens in Ukraine, especially students, and conveyed that India attaches the highest priority to their safe exit and return to India.”
This development comes after Igor Polikha, Ukraine’s Ambassador to India, expressed his dissatisfaction over India’s position on Russian aggression against Ukraine. Requesting India’s support and PM Modi to talk to Putin, he said “I don’t know how many world leaders (Russian President Vladimir) Putin may listen to but the status of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji makes me hopeful”. Earlier, on Thursday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine after which the Russian Air Force bombarded several cities across neighboring Ukraine.
India is also working on alternative plans to evacuate around more than 10,000 Indians that are stuck in Ukraine. For the same, the Ministry of External Affairs has reached out to Hungary. Taking it to Twitter, the Minister of External Affairs, Dr. S Jaishankar tweeted, “Reached out to my friend FM Péter Szijjártó of Hungary on the Ukraine evacuation. He has promised full cooperation to facilitate evacuation from Debrecen. Thank him for his understanding.”
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