At dinner between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vladimir Putin, India’s most direct call to end war in Ukraine

At dinner between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vladimir Putin, India’s most direct call to end war in Ukraine

The meeting marks the 16th meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin in the past decade.

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day official visit to Russia, has made a direct call for an end to the over two-year-old war in Ukraine. During an informal meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the latter’s official residence in Moscow, PM Modi told him that no solution could be found on the ground.

“India has always called for respect for the UN Charter, including territorial integrity and sovereignty. There is no solution on the battlefield. Dialogue and diplomacy is the way forward,” Prime Minister Modi reportedly told Putin at the dinner.

Prime Minister Modi also expressed concern over Indian nationals being duped by unscrupulous travel agencies into joining the Russian military. Sources reported that Russia has pledged to repatriate all those involved.

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It is estimated that around two dozen Indians were forced to participate in the war against Ukraine after being duped by agents into travelling to the country under the pretext of getting well-paid jobs.

A viral video released earlier this year showed a group of men from Punjab and Haryana – wearing army uniforms – claiming to have been tricked into fighting the war in Ukraine and reiterating their plea for help.

This is Indian Prime Minister Modi’s first visit to Russia since the country launched its campaign in Ukraine and returned to power last month for a record third term. India has since refrained from any explicit condemnation of Russia and abstained from voting on United Nations resolutions censuring Moscow.

Congratulating Prime Minister Modi on his third term, Vladimir Putin noted that his re-election underscores Modi’s effectiveness in promoting India’s interests: “The results speak for themselves; India now ranks third in the world in terms of economy.”

The meeting marks the 16th meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin in the past decade, with their last face-to-face interaction taking place at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan in 2022.

In 2019, Prime Minister Modi was awarded Russia’s highest state award, the Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew I.

This visit to Russia by Prime Minister Modi is his first since the start of the conflict between Moscow and kyiv in 2022.

After concluding his visit to Russia, Prime Minister Modi will begin a historic trip to Austria, marking the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the country in 40 years.