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MEA: India and Ukraine Talk About Their Bilateral Ties and a “Peaceful Resolution” To the Russia-Ukraine War

During his two-day visit to India, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba met with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Deputy National Security Adviser Vikram Misri. The two men discussed a wide range of regional and international issues, including efforts to find a “peaceful settlement” to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

FM Kuleba and EAM Jaishankar on Friday talked about building positive communication and bilateral ties between India and Ukraine, including in sectors like trade and investment, science and technology, defence, agriculture, health, culture, and education, according to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

An “amicable resolution” to the Russia-Ukraine conflict
The statement stated that New Delhi and Kyiv have decided to work towards holding the seventh Inter-Governmental Commission meeting later this year. The ministers also held a separate discussion on topics pertaining to the India-Ukraine Inter-Governmental Commission on trade, economic, scientific, technical, industrial, and cultural cooperation and its working groups.

“A thorough discussion on the ongoing conflict and efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement was part of the exchange of views on regional and global matters,” the MEA statement said.

The two countries, India and Ukraine, also agreed that frequent exchanges at different levels and bilateral mechanism meetings have strengthened and broadened their cooperation.

Jaishankar-Kuleba meeting
Speaking to X, Kuleba claimed to have had “in-depth discussions” on bilateral relations and international security with EAM Jaishankar. The Peace Formula and the subsequent measures to be taken for its execution drew particular attention from the two ministers.

According to Kuleba, the two sides decided to get our nations’ cooperation back to what it was before the commencement of the war between Russia and Ukraine in 2022.

According to EAM Jaishankar on X, the two parties held extensive discussions centred on the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine as well as its broader implications. Additionally, they reaffirmed their resolve to fortify the relationship’s general framework, which includes bilateral collaboration.

During the discussion, Jaishankar expressed his excitement for the visit and said that India is eager to hear the Ukrainian viewpoint on their regional circumstances.

“We had been anticipating this visit…We have interacted at many levels in the last few months, and I’m happy to report that some of our bilateral mechanisms have also met, which has given our relationship some impetus. Following this conversation today, we’re looking forward to the intergovernmental commission meeting as well,” Jaishankar said.

We have the chance to learn about the circumstances in your own area thanks to your visit, and I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on that. He said, “Our teams have put up a very comprehensive agenda for conversations.

According to the Ukrainian FM, Kyiv is eager to talk with New Delhi about potential new areas of collaboration.

“We look forward to rebuilding the relationship that existed between us before to Russia’s massive invasion of Ukraine. I do think that this partnership has a strategic aspect; therefore, we will be looking forward to talking about additional areas and initiatives of our collaboration,” he added.

Prime Minister Modi increases Zelensky’s
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke over the phone on March 20 to explore ways to further expand their collaboration in a number of areas. Kuleba’s visit occurred a few days later.

In talking about the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine, Prime Minister Modi reaffirmed India’s people-first policy and advocated for communication and diplomacy as the best course of action. He emphasised that India backs any initiatives aimed at a speedy and amicable settlement of all disputes between the parties.

Modi went on to say that India will keep using all of its resources to promote a peaceful resolution. Zelensky, a resident of Ukraine, was grateful for India’s ongoing humanitarian support for the Ukrainian people.

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