5 December 2022

New Delhi : After his recent conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he stressed the need for an early end to hostilities , Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reiterated the same in a phone conversation with Ukraine President Volodymr Zelenskyy while calling for return to dialogue and diplomacy .

'Attack on nuclear facilities
‘Attack on nuclear facilities

Expressing his ” firm conviction ” that there can be no military solution to the conflict and also India’s readiness to contribute to any peace effort , Modi significantly under lined that endangerment of nuclear facilities could have far – reaching and catastrophic public consequences for health and the environment .

This is important in the context of concerns , as ex presses also by the IAEA , that the risk of a nuclear accident at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nu clear Power Plant has in creased because of ongoing fighting in the area . Ukraine has accused Russia of shelling the plant and the issue figured in foreign minister S Jaishan kar’s recent meeting with Ukraine deputy PM Denys Shmyhal in New York .

” The PM emphasised the importance India attaches to the safety and security of nu clear installations , including in Ukraine , ” said the Indian government in a statement . Jaishankar had told the UNSC in a recent meeting on Ukraine that the nuclear issue if of particular anxiety.

In his conversation with Zelenskyy , Modi again reiterated the importance of respecting the UN Charter , inter national law , and the sover eignty and territorial integrity of all states . While talking to Putin on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand , Modi had publicly thanked both Russia and Ukraine for evacuation of Indian students from Ukraine . Modi , in a conversation with Zelenskyy earlier too , had offered India’s support to any peace effort . Alipov , however , said recently he wasn’t aware of any proposal or even ” intention ” about India mediating in the conflict . The two leaders also touched upon important areas of bilateral cooperation , following up on their last meeting in Glasgow in November 2021 .

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