PM Modi Speaks To Ukraine Prez Zelenskyy; Reiterates Need To Pursue Path of Dialogue

PM Modi With Ukraine President Zelenskyy (FILE IMAGE)

New Delhi: PM Modi held a telephonic conversation on Tuesday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The two leaders spoke nearly two weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a partial mobilisation.

Modi emphasised the need to continue down the path of diplomacy and negotiation as well as his appeal for an early end to hostilities, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

PM Modi affirmed India’s willingness to support any peace initiatives and stated his firm belief that there cannot be a military solution to the conflict.

PM in his telephonic conversation with President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy also reiterated the importance of respecting the UN Charter, International Law, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states, the PM Office said.

The importance India places on the safety and security of nuclear sites, including those in Ukraine, was highlighted by PM Modi. He underlined that the vulnerability of nuclear facilities might have catastrophic effects on the environment and human health.

Last month, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal at United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The meeting comes after the US and France hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine war.

On the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand on September 16, PM Modi had said “today’s era isn’t of war” while emphasising the need to find ways to address the problems of food, fuel security and fertilizers.

(With Agency Inputs)

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