President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine tweeted on Saturday that he had spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging
“political support,” just after Russia appreciated India’s resolve to abstain from a UN vote condemning its intrusion.
President Zelenskiy, who has been standing firm in the capital city of Kyiv and refusing evacuation requests, said he informed Prime Minister Modi on the Russian invasion’s progress.
A statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office informed that,
“President Zelenskyy briefed the Prime Minister in detail about the ongoing conflict situation in Ukraine. Prime Minister expressed his deep anguish about the loss of life and property due to the ongoing conflict.”
The statement, further added that PM Modi :
” reiterated his call for an immediate cessation of violence and a return to dialogue, and expressed India’s willingness to contribute in any way towards peace efforts,”
Despite abstaining from voting on the UN resolution, India called for respect for states’ “sovereignty and territorial integrity” and an end to
“violence and hostilities,” according to sources, in statements that exhibited a “sharper tone” and disapproval of Russia’s attack.
At such a vital UN Security Council meeting on Friday, Russia used its veto power to stop the UNSC resolution condemning Russian “aggression” against Ukraine in the “strongest terms possible.” China and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to India, did not vote.
Also, PM modi expressed deep distress over the security of Indian nationals ” including students, present in Ukraine. He sought facilitation by Ukrainian authorities to expeditiously and safely evacuate Indian citizens.”
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