No Peace Amid Bombs and Bullets: Solution to Ukraine conflict not possible on battlefield says PM Modi

Russian President Vladimir Putin awards PM Modi with the Order of St Andrew the Apostle the First-Called at the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin awards PM Modi with the Order of St Andrew the Apostle the First-Called at the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday


Urges Putin to find resolution through peace talks

Moscow: Delivering an unambiguous message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told Russian President Vladimir Putin that a resolution to the Ukraine conflict is not possible on the battlefield and that peace talks do not succeed amidst bombs, guns, and bullets.

In his televised opening remarks at the Kremlin summit with Putin, Modi, referencing the bombing of a children's hospital in Ukraine, described the deaths of innocent children as heart-wrenching.

The Prime Minister assured the international community of India's commitment to peace and stated that the conflict must be resolved through talks. "For a bright future of the new generation, peace is essential," he emphasized. "For restoration of peace, India is ready to cooperate in all possible ways," Modi said.

The 22nd India-Russia annual summit took place a day after Modi arrived in Moscow on a two-day visit that has been watched closely by the West in view of the Ukraine conflict.

In his comments, Modi also referred to his informal meeting with Putin on Monday night and said listening to the Russian president lent “hope”. “At our meeting on Monday, we listened to each other’s views on Ukraine and I also placed before you the Global South’s expectation on peace and stability,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister appreciated the India-Russia cooperation in averting food, fuel, and fertiliser shortages for Indians in the past few years. “When the world was facing a shortage of food, fuel and fertilisers, we did not allow our farmers to face any problem and our friendship with Russia played a role in that,” Modi said. “We could insulate common citizens in India from difficulties in terms of availability of petrol and diesel because of your cooperation,” he said, adding India wants its cooperation with Russia to expand further. The Prime Minister also flagged concerns over the challenges of terrorism. “India has been facing the challenge of terrorism for around 40 years; I condemn all forms of terrorism,” Modi said.

After the summit, Modi described his discussions with Putin as ‘productive’. “Held productive discussions with President Putin at the Kremlin today. Our talks covered ways to diversify India-Russia cooperation in sectors such as trade, commerce, security, agriculture, technology and innovation,” he said.

“We attach great importance to boosting connectivity and people-to-people exchanges,” he added.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took objection to the Indian leader hugging Putin. “A Russian missile struck the largest children’s hospital in Ukraine, targeting young cancer patients. Many were buried under the rubble,” Zelenskyy said on ‘X’.

On the other hand, US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller said in Washington ahead of Modi-Putin talks:

“We would urge India, as we do (with) any country when it engages with Russia, to make clear that any resolution to the conflict in Ukraine needs to be one that respects the UN charter, that respects Ukraine’s territorial integrity, Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

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