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PM Modi Can Play Vital Role In Ukraine-Russia Peace Talks: French Journalist

| Updated: January 21, 2023 12:42 pm

An experienced French journalist said there is a need for someone who can bring Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table and that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be crucial in enabling the discussions between the two warring neighbours.

Due to Ukraine’s refusal to engage in negotiations and desire for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be tried by the International Court of Justice, it currently appears “very tough”, Laura Haim said on Friday.

Currently employed by LCI News, Haim expressed amazement at how little the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is discussed in the US. “The war in Ukraine is going to be extremely long. Coming from Europe, I am speechless to see what’s happening in America. People are talking about the president, the document and Donald Trump. And when you are in Europe, we are just talking about the war and what is going on,” Haim said in an interview.

“Russia is probably going to try to do a new mobilisation, maybe to strike more… Kyiv, maybe to launch multiple offensives. The Ukrainians are extremely courageous. They are asking the West to help them,” she said. On Thursday, the US announced a new military aid package of USD 2.5 billion for Ukraine to combat Russian aggression, bringing the total amount of US military aid to USD 27.5 billion.

According to a statement from an official source, this support package will give Ukraine hundreds of armoured vehicles, including Stryker armoured personnel carriers, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled vehicles.

Additional Avenger air defence systems, surface-to-air missiles, and previously supplied US ammunition for NASAMS are also included in the package, which is crucial for Ukraine’s air defence. “A lot of people are now saying that Prime Minister Modi can also play a key (role) in facilitating at least the beginning of the negotiations. But again, at this moment, the Ukrainians do not want to discuss… So, for Indians to be the negotiator, it is possible… you have to be optimistic,” Haim said in response to a question.

India and its Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to Haim, who served as the campaign’s international affairs spokesperson for French President Emmanuel Macron, have a part to play in the peace process.

She claimed that because the two sides are at odds with one another and blaming one another for the killings, it is currently very difficult. For her serious journalism and work in the US, Haim received the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur award in 2015. She credited the US with aiding Ukraine in fending off Russian soldiers.

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