PM Modi speaks to Putin, urges to have direct talks with Zelensky

Prime minister Narendra Modi spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. People familiar with the developments told CNNNews18 that the phone call between both leaders lasted for more than 50 minutes. Earlier, PM Modi spoke to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. PM Modi urged Vladimir Putin to speak directly to Ukrainian president Zelensky even as delegations from both sides began their third round of discussion to cease hostilities between both nations. 

The issue of safe evacuation of Indians from Sumy and Kharkiv also was discussed between PM Modi and Vladimir Putin. Sources said that Putin assured PM Modi that Russia will cooperate in safely evacuating Indian citizens from Ukraine. He stressed evacuations from Sumy where hundreds of Indian students are stuck due to ongoing hostilities. 

PM Modi also appreciated Putin’s move to open humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians.

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