Russia-Ukraine conflict matter of ‘very deep’ concern, says S. Jaishankar | Daily News

Russia-Ukraine conflict matter of ‘very deep’ concern, says S. Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, while expressing “very deep” concern over the ongoing Ukraine conflict, said that India is on the side of peace and has urged Ukraine and Russia to return to dialogue and diplomacy.

Jaishankar, who arrived Vienna from Cyprus on the second leg of his two-nation tour, made the remarks while addressing the members of the Indian diaspora.

“This (Ukraine) conflict is really a matter of very, very deep concern. Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in September (that) we actually genuinely believe that this is no longer an era of war. You cannot settle differences and issues through violence,” news agency PTI quoted Jaishankar as saying.

“So from the very beginning, our effort has been to urge (Russia and Ukraine) to return to dialogue and diplomacy. The Prime Minister himself has spoken on numerous occasions with President Vladimir Putin and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. I myself talked to my colleagues in Russia and Ukraine,” he said.

“We know this is not an easily resolvable situation. But it’s important that countries who believe in negotiation, speak up clearly in that regard,” he said, adding that “we’re on the side of peace and a large part of the world thinks like us.”

India has, from time to time, called on Russia and Ukraine to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue to end their ongoing conflict.

- India Today

 


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