Modi conveys Putin during their meeting at the Kremlin that “war cannot solve problems.”

by Abbas Adil

Shafaqna India: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Moscow, emphasized to President Vladimir Putin that “war cannot solve problems” and advocated for peace through dialogue amidst escalating tensions in Europe due to Russia’s military actions in Ukraine. Modi’s trip coincided with significant incidents in Ukraine, including a missile strike that reportedly hit a children’s hospital in Kyiv, resulting in civilian casualties.

In their discussions, Modi expressed deep concern over the loss of innocent lives in the conflict and stressed that peace talks cannot succeed amid violence and military operations. He underscored the need to find pathways to peace through diplomatic negotiations rather than through armed conflict.

Modi’s meeting with Putin also reaffirmed the longstanding friendship and strategic partnership between India and Russia, with Putin acknowledging India’s efforts to address urgent global issues, including the Ukrainian crisis, through peaceful means. Despite their discussions, Modi clarified that India was not positioning itself as a mediator in the Ukrainian conflict.

The visit underscored India’s multifaceted relationship with Russia, which includes significant trade in oil and defense. India has been balancing its international relations, including closer ties with Western powers, while maintaining historical links with Russia. The United States has urged Modi to ensure any resolution to the Ukraine conflict respects international law and Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Following his visit to Moscow, Modi is scheduled to travel to Vienna, marking the first visit by an Indian leader to the Austrian capital since 1983, highlighting India’s broader diplomatic engagements in Europe.

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