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Indian envoy exchanges views on Ukraine situation with Kyiv Mayor

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On October 4, Indian Ambassador Harsh Jain met with Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and discussed the present situation in Ukraine.

This encounter comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday, during the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which has cost hundreds of lives since it began in February of this year.

“Ambassador Harsh Jain called on Mayor of Kyiv H.E. Mr Vitaliy Klitschko on October 4, 2022, and exchanged views on the current situation in Ukraine,” the Indian embassy said in a tweet.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi, in his telephonic conversation with Zelenskyy, expressed his firm conviction that there can be no military solution to the conflict and conveyed India’s readiness to contribute to any peace efforts.

PM Modi once again called for the cessation of hostilities and the need to pursue the path of diplomacy, according to a press release issued by Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The Prime Minister also reiterated the importance of respecting the UN Charter, International Law, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states.

In his phone call with PM Modi, Zelensky discussed the issue of Russia’s referenda “in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, food and nuclear security, and invited him to visit Ukraine.”

Ukrinform News agency reported that Ukraine’s President noted that “all the aggressor’s decisions aimed at attempted illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories are null and void and do not change reality.”

Under such circumstances, Ukraine would not engage in discussions with the incumbent president of the Russian Federation, according to Zelensky, who highlighted that Ukraine has always been dedicated to a peaceful resolution through dialogue.

India has advocated for a course of communication and diplomacy since the beginning of the war. It has also consistently called for an end to the bloodshed. Notably, Prime Minister Modi’s recent words that “today’s era is not one of war” were applauded by foreign leaders.

On September 30, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj, stated that the current turn of events in Ukraine has profoundly worried India and that discussion is the best way to resolve disputes.

Kamboj urged that all efforts are made by the concerned sides for the immediate cessation of violence and said that dialogue is the only answer to settling differences and disputes.

“Dialogue is the only answer to settling differences and disputes, however daunting that may appear at this moment. The path to peace requires us to keep all channels of diplomacy open,” she said during the address at UNSC. 

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