In his conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday over the current crisis in Ukraine, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed his country’s long-standing support for dialogue and diplomacy.
The two leaders also spoke on the phone on the state of the world’s energy and food markets, according to a statement from PM Modi’s office. According to the statement, “they shared ideas on how bilateral commerce in agricultural products, fertilisers, and pharmaceutical items may be boosted further.” The situation of the world energy and food markets was one of the topics that the leaders also discussed.
Putin assured Modi that Russia remained a dependable source of food, fertilisers, and energy despite India’s continued importation of Russian crude oil.
India has remained committed to finding a peaceful solution to the dispute between Russia and Ukraine rather than resorting to military force. The 193-member General Assembly adopted a resolution in April that suspended Russia from the UN Security Council in response to claims that Russian forces murdered civilians as they withdrew from villages around the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. India abstained from the vote.
India has abstained on the motion that the General Assembly voted today about suspending the Russian Federation from the Human Rights Council, according to Ambassador T S Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN. We do this for procedural and substantive reasons. “Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, India has advocated for peace, communication, and diplomacy. No solution, in our opinion, can be achieved via bloodshed or at the expense of innocent lives. If India has picked a side, it is one that supports peace and an immediate halt to bloodshed, according to him.
In a speech to the Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar reiterated India’s adamant opposition to the conflict, saying, “We are vehemently opposed to the violence and think that no solution can be achieved by spilling innocent blood and at the cost of innocent lives. Dialogue and diplomacy are the best ways to resolve conflicts nowadays.