After Russia’s invasion over Ukraine, Indian PM Narendra Modi talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call late Thursday.
President Putin briefed PM Modi about the recent developments regarding Ukraine. While discussing the situation around Ukraine, Putin outlined fundamental assessments of Kiev’s aggressive actions against civilian population of Donbass as well as its long-lasting destructive policy aimed at scrapping Minsk agreements.
PM Modi reiterated his long-standing conviction that the differences between Russia & NATO can only be resolved through honest and sincere dialogue: PMO
Given this circumstances &also in connection with unacceptable for Russia the US’s&its NATO allies’ military developments on territory of Ukraine, decided to launch military op: Russian Embassy
PM Narendra Modi appealed for an immediate cessation of violence, and called for concerted efforts from all sides to return to the path of diplomatic negotiations and dialogue: PMO
PM Modi also sensitised the Russian President Putin about India’s concerns regarding the safety of the Indian citizens in Ukraine, especially students, and conveyed that India attaches the highest priority to their safe exit and return to India: PMO
Prime Minister of India thanked Vladimir Putin for the clarification and asked for assistance in ensuring the security of Indian citizens who currently stay in Ukraine. President of Russia said that the necessary instructions would be given: Russian embassy
PM Modi and President Putin agreed that their officials and diplomatic teams would continue to maintain regular contacts on issues of topical interest: PMO
Some issues of bilateral cooperation were touched upon in the context of the Russian-Indian summit held in December 2021 in New Delhi. It was agreed to further maintain contacts at various levels: Russian embassy
For now, India’s stand is neutral and balanced. It’s priority is the security concerns of Indian living in Ukraine mainly students and it is in talk with countries bordering Ukraine so that they should return to India safely.