India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed to Europe on Monday as New Delhi’s refusal to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine became a key topic of discussion at a meeting with local leaders.
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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.
“The visit to Europe came at a time when the region was faced with many challenges and choices,” Modi said in a statement before leaving for Germany, Denmark and France.
The Prime Minister added that he plans to “strengthen the spirit of cooperation with European partners, which are important partners in India’s pursuit of peace and prosperity.”
Prime Minister Modi was scheduled to hold a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on the 11th to meet with the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway to attend the Indo-Northern Europe summit for two days from May 3rd.
“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 ongoing bilateral cooperation,” India said in a statement.
Germany’s Scholz Quotation that much Indian Express The Daily Mail, which is discussing with Prime Minister Modi, said that “Russia’s attack on Ukraine is the top priority”.
“The brutality of the Russian attack is shocking and terrifying. Those in charge should be held accountable. I am sure there is broad agreement between our countries on this,” the newspaper quoted Scholz in an interview.
Scholz plans to invite Modi as a special guest to the G7 summit next month as part of his efforts to build a broader alliance with Russia. Bloomberg News reported on Sunday.
The report, citing an unnamed source, said Scholz was concerned about Prime Minister Modi’s refusal to accuse Russia and India of increasing fossil fuel imports and did not make a decision 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.
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.
Kwatra said the main focus of the visits and discussions was to strengthen bilateral partnerships in a variety of areas, including trade, energy and sustainable development.
More than 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 embroiled in Western sanctions. time in india newspaper report On Monday.
“The trade and financial sanctions imposed on Russia have opened up numerous avenues for Indian companies across various sectors,” the newspaper quoted Vivek Agarwal, a lobby group from the Indian Trade Promotion Council, which is organizing the trip.
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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.