India, Ukraine Discuss Ways To Reach 'Peaceful Settlement' To Moscow-Kyiv Conflict – News18

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Last Updated: March 29, 2024, 23:53 IST
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (left) and External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar. (Photo: ANI)
India and Ukraine on Friday discussed efforts to achieve a ‘peaceful settlement’ to the Russia-Ukraine conflict which began on February 2022 during the visit of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
During his two-day visit that ended on Friday, Kuleba met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, and Deputy National Security Adviser, Vikram Misri.
According to the contents of the MEA statement shared by news agency ANI, the meeting between Jaishankar and Kuleba focused on fostering constructive dialogue and strengthening bilateral relations between India and Ukraine, including in areas such as trade and investment, science and technology, defence, agriculture, health, culture, and education.
Both ministers also held a separate discussion on matters related to the India-Ukraine Inter-Governmental Commission on trade, economic, scientific, technical, industrial, and cultural cooperation, and its working groups.
New Delhi and Kyiv also promised to work towards arranging the seventh Inter-Governmental Commission meeting later this year.
“The exchange of views on regional and global matters involved a comprehensive discussion on the ongoing conflict and efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement,” the statement added.
The two sides also acknowledged that regular interactions at various levels and meetings of bilateral mechanisms have contributed to the strong and multifaceted partnership that exists between India and Ukraine.
Earlier in the day, Ukrainian FM Kuleba said on social media platform X that he held “comprehensive talks” with EAM Jaishankar on bilateral ties and global security. The two leaders paid special attention to the Peace Formula and the next steps to be adopted for its implementation.
In New Delhi, I had sincere and comprehensive talks with @DrSJaishankar about Ukrainian-Indian bilateral relations, the situation in our regions, and global security.We paid specific attention to the Peace Formula and next steps on the path of its implementation.
We also…
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) March 29, 2024
He added that the two sides agreed to restore the level of cooperation between our countries that existed before the conflict between Russia and Ukraine started in 2022.
EAM Jaishankar stated on X that the two sides had a wide-ranging conversation focussing on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and its wider ramifications. They also reiterated their commitment to strengthen the overall relationship, including bilateral cooperation.
Pleased to co-chair the review meeting of our Inter-Governmental Commission with FM @DmytroKuleba of Ukraine.Noted the importance of further strengthening cooperation in all domains. Our immediate goal is to get trade back to earlier levels.
Perspectives on trade, health,…
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (Modi Ka Parivar) (@DrSJaishankar) March 29, 2024
At the meeting, Jaishankar said that he looks forward to the visit, adding that India looks forward to hearing the Ukrainian perspective on their regional situation.
“We have been looking forward to this visit…In recent months, we have had interactions at various levels, I am glad to see some of our bilateral mechanisms have also met and this has created certain momentum in our bilateral relationship. Today, after this discussion, we look forward also to the meeting of the intergovernmental commission,” Jaishankar said.
“Your visit gives us an opportunity to understand the situation in your own region and I look forward to hearing your perspective on that. Our teams have prepared a very substantial agenda for discussions,” he added.
While the Ukrainian FM stated that Kyiv will be looking forward to discussing new areas of cooperation with New Delhi.
“We will be looking forward to restoring what had existed before the large-scale invasion of Russia in Ukraine began, existed between us. We will be looking forward to discussing new areas and projects of our cooperation because I do believe that this relationship has a strategic perspective,” he said.
In 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy first presented Ukraine’s 10-point peace formula to world leaders at the G20 Summit in Indonesia’s Bali. The 10-point peace formula includes a path to nuclear safety and food security, a special tribunal for alleged Russian war crimes and a final peace treaty with Moscow.
Ukrainian FM Kuleba arrived in India at the invitation of EAM Jaishankar on Thursday and said he will look to boost bilateral ties between the two countries and build on the dialogue between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
He also paid respects to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat in New Delhi.

In December last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised steps Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking to ensure a peaceful resolution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Putin told Union external affairs minister S Jaishankar that he discussed the ongoing 2022 Russo-Ukrainian war with PM Modi on several occasions and said he will delve deeper into the Ukraine issue when both leaders meet in person once again.

“Many times, I advised him of how things have been going there and I know that he (PM Modi) is willing to do his utmost so that the issue is resolved by peaceful means. So, we probably will delve into that deeper now, and we will give additional information to you at that time,” Putin was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

India’s role in the Ukraine war has been consistent despite having to engage in a tightrope act in order to maintain close ties with allies Russia and the United States.


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