Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan. This was the first in-person meeting between the two leaders since Russia invaded Ukraine last year. Modi expressed his deep concern for the conflict, stating that it is a problem of humanity and human values. He promised to do whatever it takes to resolve the situation and emphasized that dialogue and diplomacy are the only ways to find a peaceful resolution. Modi also shared that India is ready to contribute constructively within the UN and beyond to support peace efforts. Zelensky is attending the summit following an invitation from Japan, the current leader of the G7. Last month, Ukraine’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Emin Tjabarova visited India on the first high-level visit from Ukraine to India since the conflict broke out. During her visit, Tjabarova handed over a letter from President Zelensky to PM Modi.
India abstained from UN General Assembly resolutions condemning the invasion but remained committed to upholding the UN Charter, international law, sovereignty and territorial integrity. Modi has repeatedly emphasized that there can be no military solution and that diplomatic efforts are the only way to find a peaceful resolution. Zelensky is looking to mobilize the international community to increase sanctions on Russia and provide more support to Ukraine. This visit comes a day after US President Joe Biden told G7 leaders in Hiroshima that the US would support joint training of Ukrainian pilots in fourth-generation fighter jets, including the F-16.
Modi’s Three-Nation Tour and his Comments to Japanese Media
PM Modi is currently on a three-nation tour to Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Japan. In Japan, he attended three sessions of the G7 summit. During an interview with the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, he was asked how India would respond to Russia’s aggression on Ukraine and its abstention from voting on UN resolutions and increased oil imports from Russia. Modi responded by stating that India advocates dialogue and diplomacy and that people are affected by the increase in the prices of essential commodities. He further stated that India supports a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis and is ready to contribute to any peace efforts.
Modi’s meeting with Zelensky at the G7 summit highlights India’s concern for the conflict and its willingness to contribute constructively towards peace efforts. Modi reiterated that dialogue and diplomacy are the only ways to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict and that India is committed to upholding the UN Charter, international law, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
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