Modi seeks ‘talks’ to stop Ukraine war – World

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, starting a European tour on Monday, called for dialogue to end the war in Ukraine, but avoided accusing Russia of the invasion.

India, which imports much of its military equipment from Russia, has long been on a diplomatic tightrope between the West and Moscow, demanding only an immediate end to hostilities.

“Since the start of the crisis in Ukraine, we have insisted on a ceasefire and have called for talks as the only way to resolve the conflict,” Modi told reporters after meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.

“We believe there are no winners in this war and everyone will lose. That’s why we stand for peace,” he said.

In addition to the humanitarian impact on Ukrainians, he said pressures on oil prices and the world’s food supply “are burdening every family in the world”.

Germany’s Scholz emphasized that the war in Ukraine threatened a “rules-based world order”.

“Russia has jeopardized the fundamental principles of international law with an attack on Ukraine,” he said.

Scholz repeatedly called on Vladimir Putin to withdraw his troops, adding that “the war and brutal attacks on Ukrainian civilians show that Russia is in utter violation of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”

Increase in Indian crude oil imports

Scholz said he and Modi agreed that “the inviolability of borders” and “the sovereignty of the state” should not be questioned.

He said, “We have fully discussed that we want to achieve a better future through economic development rather than war with each other.”

The two governments later signed a joint statement expressing “strong support” for future talks between the European Union and India on a free trade agreement.

Scholz also invited Modi as a special guest to the G7 summit next month, which is believed to be part of an effort to build a broader alliance with Russia.

Bloomberg News Citing an unnamed source on Sunday, Scholz reported that he was concerned about Prime Minister Modi’s refusal to criticize Russia and India’s growing fossil fuel imports, and that he did not decide on the invitation until a few weeks ago.

India has significantly increased its Russian oil imports since March, but has criticized Russia for much higher energy consumption in Europe.

Modi was holding talks in Berlin before heading to Berlin to meet with the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway to attend the two-day Indo-Northern Europe summit from 3 May.

“He will stop briefly in France to meet with President Emmanuel Macron to share his assessment of various regional and global issues and to review continued bilateral cooperation,” the government said in a statement.

great potential’

Indian Foreign Minister Vinay Kwatra said at a media briefing on Sunday that European countries “not only understand, but express their deep appreciation” to India’s position on the conflict.

The main focus of the visits and discussions will be strengthening bilateral partnerships across a range of areas including trade, energy and sustainable development, Kwatra said.

About 50 Indian food, ceramics and chemical exporters are expected to travel to Moscow at the end of this month after being investigated by Russian companies as Russia gets caught up in Western sanctions. time in india Newspaper published on Monday.

“The trade and financial sanctions imposed on Russia… have opened up numerous avenues for Indian companies in various sectors,” said Vivek Agarwal, of the Trade Promotion Council of India, which is organizing the trip. Vivek Agarwal) said.

He told the newspaper: “We are delighted that Indian companies are also taking advantage of the tremendous potential of using Indian products in Russia.

The daily, citing an unnamed government official, suggested that shipments would begin only after the war in Ukraine was over.