Russia-Ukraine War: India Ready to Contribute in Any Way to Peace Efforts, PM Modi Tells Lavrov

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. (Photo: @MFA Russia / Twitter)

PMO said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and informed him about the situation in Ukraine and ongoing conflict negotiations

In the midst of growing international pressure on India to act as a mediator in the war between Russia and Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday during his official visit to India. Prime Minister Modi said India was ready to contribute in some way to peace efforts between the two countries at war, after Lavrov informed him of the ongoing diplomatic negotiations with Ukraine, the prime minister’s office said.

According to a press release from the PMO, Lavrov called Prime Minister Modi and informed him of the situation in Ukraine. “The Russian Federation’s Foreign Minister, His Excellency Sergei Lavrov, called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today. Foreign Minister Lavrov briefed the Prime Minister on the situation in Ukraine, including the ongoing peace talks,” the press release said.

The PMO further said that Prime Minister Modi reiterated his views on an early cessation of violence and said that India was ready to contribute to peace efforts. “The Prime Minister reiterated his call for an early end to the violence and conveyed India’s readiness to contribute in some way to the peace efforts,” the press release added.

Lavrov met with former Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, after which he said that India could mediate between Moscow and Kyiv, as the conflict negotiations had failed to come up with solutions to end the war. He had said, “India is an important country. If India looks to play the role of providing solution to the problem … If India has its position with a fair and rational approach to international problems, it can support such a process.”

Lavrov arrived in Delhi on Thursday for a two-day official visit. At his meeting with Prime Minister Modi, Lavrov also briefed him on the progress of the decisions taken during the bilateral summit between India and Russia in December 2021.

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