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Indian PM makes statement on Ukraine during meeting with Putin

Indian PM makes statement on Ukraine during meeting with Putin Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently on a two-day official visit to Russia, has made a direct call to end the war in Ukraine during an informal meeting with Kremlin head Vladimir Putin.

According to him, it is impossible to find a solution on the battlefield.

"India has always called for respecting the UN Charter, including territorial integrity and sovereignty. There is no solution on the battlefield. Dialogue and diplomacy is the way forward," Modi said.

Additionally, the Prime Minister expressed concern about Indian citizens who were "deceived into joining the Russian army by unscrupulous travel agents."

Sources reported that Russia has committed to repatriating all affected individuals.

Zelenskyy's reaction

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has already reacted to Modi's visit to Moscow.

"It is a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts to see the leader of the world's largest democracy hug the world's most bloody criminal in Moscow on such a day," the president wrote on Twitter.

Modi's visit to Russia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently on a visit to Moscow. As previously reported, Modi will seek the swift release of Indians from the Russian army during negotiations in Russia.

On July 10, he will travel to Austria, where he is likely to discuss Russia's war against Ukraine with the country's leadership.

In April 2022, US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held virtual talks. Modi said he had suggested to Russia to hold direct negotiations between Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.