Russia-Ukraine crisis: India’s Modi urges direct negotiations between Putin, Zelensky

He was briefed by the Russian leader on the status of the negotiations between the two countries.

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Published: Mon 7 Mar 2022, 10:06 AM

Last updated: Mon 7 Mar 2022, 2:57 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold direct talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, in addition to ongoing negotiations, a government source said.

Modi, who spoke to Zelenskiy before a 50 minute-long call with Putin, was briefed by the Russian leader on the status of the negotiations between the two warring countries, the source said.


“Prime Minister Modi urged President Putin to hold direct talks with President Zelenskiy of Ukraine,” the source said, declining to be named in line with government policy.

In his call with Zelensky, Modi expressed deep concern about the conflict and the humanitarian crisis it had caused, a government statement said.


Modi underlined the need to evacuate Indian students trapped in eastern Ukraine, including around 700 nationals in the city of Sumy, according to the source and the statement.



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