Emine Dzhaparova, the First Deputy Foreign Minister of the war-torn Ukraine, will arrive in India on Monday to begin her four-day visit, which will be the first official visit from Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February of last year.
Officials said the two countries will discuss bilateral relations, exchange views on the situation in Ukraine, and global issues of shared interest.
Additionally, Dzhaparova will meet with Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, and Vikram Misri, Deputy National Security Adviser.
“India shares warm and friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation with Ukraine. Over the last 30 years of establishing diplomatic relations, bilateral cooperation between the two countries has made significant progress in the areas of trade, education, culture and defence. The visit will be an occasion to further mutual understanding and interests,” an official statement said.
The minister is anticipated to look for equipment to restore the energy infrastructure that was destroyed by Russia’s invasion as well as humanitarian supplies during her visit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also anticipated to receive an invitation from her, according to the publication.
India, which this year holds the G20 bloc’s presidency, has refrained from holding Russia responsible for the invasion of Ukraine and has instead sought a diplomatic resolution while increasing its purchases of Russian oil.
Since the conflict began, PM Modi has spoken with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy several times. India has publicly argued that diplomacy and negotiation are the sole means of ending the conflict.
PM Modi stated that there can be “no military solution” and that India is prepared to support any peace efforts in a telephonic conversation with President Zelenskyy on October 4 of last year.
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