New Delhi: Ukraine wants India to play a bigger role in helping end Russia’s war, its deputy foreign minister Emine Dzhaparova said during the first visit to India since the war began last year. She also handed a letter by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India “can play a bigger and greater role” and Ukraine would “welcome any effort that is directed at resolving the war,” Emine Dzhaparova said.
Dzhaparova sought to use her visit to deepen ties with India, which has refrained from condemning Russia’s role in the war and has abstained several times from voting on U.N. resolutions against Moscow. Instead, New Delhi has stressed the need for diplomacy and dialogue on ending the war and has expressed its willingness to contribute to peace efforts.
Ukraine has also asked India to supply medicines and medical equipment and help it rebuild war-damaged infrastructure, India’s Ministry External Affairs (MEA) said on Wednesday.
During her visit this week, she highlighted Ukraine’s desire to build a stronger and closer relationship with India, the ministry said in a statement.
New Delhi has continuously stressed the need for diplomacy and dialogue on ending the war and has expressed its willingness to contribute to peace efforts. Apart from providing medicines and medical equipment, India would also supply school buses to Ukraine, the MEA statement said.
Both sides also agreed to hold the next round of foreign ministry consultations in Kyiv on a mutually convenient date, the Indian foreign ministry said.