Hiroshima: Will do whatever we can for resolution of Ukraine war, says PM Modi after meeting President Zelenskyy in Hiroshima | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the ongoing Ukraine war is an issue of humanity and not just “of economy and politics”, adding that India will do whatever it can for “the resolution of the war”.
“Ukraine war is a big issue the world is facing. I don’t consider it to be just an issue of economy and politics; for me, it is an issue of humanity. I understand your pain and the pain of Ukrainian citizens very well. I can assure you that India and I will do whatever we can for the resolution of war,” said PM Modi after meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Hiroshima, Japan, first time since the Russia-Ukraine conflict broke out last February.
Prime Minister Modi held talks with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, a day after the leaders of the powerful grouping of seven developed countries unveiled new sanctions on Moscow for continuing its war in Ukraine. “In the past one year, we have had telephonic conversations, but we are meeting after a long time after Glasgow,” said PM Modi.
Zelenskyy and PM Modi spoke on phone at least four times last year with the Ukranian President in the last call in December 2022 seeking support from India for the 10-point peace plan it announced at the G20 summit in Bali. Zelenskyy also wrote to PM Modi last month for more humanitarian aid and support at the United Nations.
A tweet on PM Modi’s official account showed him shaking hands with Zelenskyy, and the pair holding discussions, alongside officials from both countries. After the in-person meeting, President Zelenskyy said he invited India to join Ukraine’s peace formula during his talks with Prime Minister Modi. “I briefed the interlocutor in detail on the Ukrainian Peace Formula initiative and invited India to join its implementation. I spoke about Ukraine’s needs in humanitarian demining and mobile hospitals,” he posted on Twitter after the meeting.
In the Twitter post, he also thanked India for supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, in particular, at the platforms of international organisations, and for providing humanitarian aid.
With India doing a tough balancing act in its Ukraine policy, PM Modi has maintained regular contact with both Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin since the beginning of the conflict on February 24, 2022.
Last December, Prime Minister Modi held a telephonic conversation with Russian President Putin during which he reiterated his call for “dialogue and diplomacy as the only way forward”. This was the first interaction between the two leaders following their bilateral meeting in September 2022 on the sidelines of the SCO Summit. It was at this summit where during some straight talk with Russian President Putin, PM Modi told him that this wasn’t an “era of war”, underlining the significance of democracy, dialogue and diplomacy. This was also his first in-person meeting with Putin since Russia launched its “special military operation in Ukraine”.
India has always maintained that one of the pillars of its Ukraine position has been its initiative to remain in touch with both sides to promote dialogue and diplomacy and bring the hostilities to an early end. In this regard, Prime Minister Modi has made repeated calls for an immediate end to the hostilities, even though India doesn’t endorse the sanctions imposed on Russia by the G7.
The Prime Minister arrived in Hiroshima on Friday to attend the annual summit of the G7 grouping in the first leg of his three-nation tour that will also take him to Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Like PM Modi, the Ukrainian president is also attending the G7 summit following an invitation by Japan, the current chair of the powerful grouping. Zelenskyy arrived earlier Saturday for a surprise in-person appearance after winning the US approval for Ukraine to obtain advanced fighter jets.
He quickly embarked on a whirlwind of diplomatic pitstops with leaders from the seven major developed democracies, as well as invited developing nations, including India.
(with inputs from agencies)

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