In a telephone discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed India’s long-standing support for “dialogue and diplomacy”, in light of the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, in the backdrop of the unfolding situation in Ukraine, the Prime Minister restated India’s long-standing position in favour of dialogue and diplomacy.
The two leaders discussed the implementation of decisions made during President Putin’s visit to India in December 2021. They also discussed expanding bilateral trade in agricultural, fertilizers, and pharmaceutical products.
The leaders also discussed global issues, such as the state of the global energy and food markets. The leaders agreed to keep regular consultations on global and bilateral issues going forward. Since the conflict in Ukraine began on February 24, Prime Minister Modi has appealed to both Russia and Ukraine for peace and an end to hostilities.
These talks come after the G7 nations chastised Russia for its actions in Ukraine. Prime Minister Modi, on the other hand, made India’s position on the Ukraine conflict clear at the G7 summit.
The Prime Minister reiterated that hostilities must end immediately and that a resolution must be reached through dialogue and diplomacy. PM Modi also discussed the impact of the conflict in Eastern Europe on the food security crisis, particularly in vulnerable countries, at the G7 outreach summit.