Strengthening Ukraine-India Relations and Addressing Critical Needs
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced that he has invited India to join Ukraine's peace formula during his discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G7 summit held in Japan. The meeting marked the first face-to-face interaction between the two leaders since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. They engaged in fruitful conversations, touching upon crucial issues such as mobile hospitals and land mine clearance.
Addressing Ukraine's Needs: Mobile Hospitals and Land Mine Removal
President Zelenskiy and Prime Minister Modi delved into the pressing requirements of Ukraine, focusing particularly on mobile hospitals and the removal of land mines. These topics held significant importance, considering the aftermath of Russia's invasion. Zelenskiy expressed Ukraine's need for assistance in these areas, highlighting the challenges faced by the nation.
India's Support: A Gesture of Humanity and Human Values
Prime Minister Modi reassured President Zelenskiy of India's unwavering support, emphasizing that the war in Ukraine is not merely a political matter but an issue of humanity and human values. Modi expressed his willingness to contribute in any way possible, pledging that both India and himself personally would do everything within their means to aid in resolving the conflict.
India-Russia Relations and International Criticism
India's close ties with Russia have drawn criticism from several Western leaders, as they attempt to isolate Moscow due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Despite these concerns, India has maintained a robust relationship with Russia, with bilateral trade reaching record highs, mainly driven by increased imports of Russian oil. However, India's fuel purchases from Russia were not a topic of discussion during the meeting between Zelenskiy and Modi.
In addition, India has consistently refused to condemn Russia for its actions in Ukraine, citing its own interests and the need to prioritize global issues such as debt and poverty eradication. India urges the international community to focus on urgent actions required to address these challenges while advocating for dialogue and diplomacy to resolve conflicts.
President Zelenskiy extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Ukraine during their meeting, further strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two nations.
- President Zelenskiy invites India to join Ukraine's peace formula at the G7 summit.
- Discussions centered around Ukraine's requirements for mobile hospitals and land mine removal.
- Prime Minister Modi emphasizes India's support as a matter of humanity and human values.