New Delhi: In a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Narendra said that “there can be no military solution” to the conflict and India was ready to “contribute to any peace efforts”.
The call comes days after India abstained on a United Nations Security Council resolution that sought to declare Russian annexation of captured Ukrainian territories as invalid.
The Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, said” “The leaders discussed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Prime Minister reiterated his call for early cessation of hostilities and the need to pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy. He expressed his firm conviction that there can be no military solution to the conflict and conveyed India’s readiness to contribute to any peace efforts.”
“Prime Minister also reiterated the importance of respecting the UN Charter, International Law, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states,” it stated.
According to the MEA, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance India attaches to the safety and security of nuclear installations, including in Ukraine.
“He underlined that endangerment of nuclear facilities could have far-reaching and catastrophic consequences for public health and the environment. The two leaders also touched upon important areas of bilateral cooperation, following up on their last meeting in Glasgow in November 2021,” it stated.
Last week, India abstained on a UNSC resolution against Russia over its annexation of Ukrainian territories, saying “escalation of rhetoric or tensions is in no one’s interest” and it is “important that pathways are found for a return to the negotiating table”.