Crisis in Ukraine: India calls for cessation of hostilities and resolution through dialogue ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Europe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake a three-day visit to Germany, Denmark and France from Monday amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake a three-day visit to Germany, Denmark and France from Monday amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a tour of three European countries, India on May Day again called for a cessation of hostilities in Ukraine and resolution of the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy, noting that it is It was an assessment of its position on the crisis by its partner countries.

In a press conference, new Foreign Minister Vinay Mohan Kwatra underlined the “context, clarity, importance and positive dimension” of India’s position on Ukraine and affirmed that there should be no doubt about it.

On his first trip abroad this year, Modi will embark on a three-day visit to Germany, Denmark and France from Monday amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

“Our position on Ukraine is clear. First, there should be a cessation of hostilities; second, a solution must be found through dialogue and diplomacy,” he said, adding that this view had been conveyed very clearly to various countries.

The Foreign Minister said the visit focused on expanding India’s bilateral relations with the three European countries in a range of areas including trade and investment, clean energy, digital technology and defence, and added that the issue of Ukraine would feature in the talks as part of discussions on regional and global developments.

He said India’s international partners understand his views on Ukraine and even deeply appreciate him.

Mr Kwatra said discussions on energy security will be one of the main areas of discussion during the Prime Minister’s visit as this has taken on greater importance in the current circumstances.

There has been wider debate and discussion in Europe about ending its reliance on Russian energy for its attack on Ukraine.

The foreign minister spoke about the “changing elements” of energy security, its impact on developing countries like India, challenges in the sector and mitigation of challenges.

“I’m sure that would be one of the elements of the overall discussions. But naturally, one element wouldn’t define what the structure of the discussions would be,” he said.

Kwatra said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz would co-chair the 6th India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations. [IGC] Monday.

It will be followed by a high-level panel discussion where Mr. Modi and Mr. Scholz will interact with top CEOs from both countries.

The prime minister is also expected to interact with the Indian diaspora in Germany.

“The meeting between the two leaders would provide an excellent platform not only to strengthen the existing multi-faceted bilateral partnership, but also to shape and develop an ambitious program of cooperation for the months and years to come, including in the field partnership for development, the green agenda, trade and investment linkages,” Mr. Kwatra said.

The German Chancellor is to receive Mr. Modi at a private dinner.

From Germany, Modi will travel to Copenhagen at the invitation of Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. He will also participate in the second India-North Summit hosted by Denmark.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and a number of other senior Union ministers are expected to accompany Mr Modi to Germany, as the format of the IGC foresees direct talks between senior ministers of the two parties on cooperation in areas specific.

In Denmark, the Prime Minister is to hold separate bilateral talks with the leaders of Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.

“The Prime Minister’s first visit in 2022 presents an ambitious and substantial program in a busy schedule. The main objective of the visit is for India to continue to strengthen its multidimensional and multifaceted partnerships with key countries in Europe,” said said the Foreign Office. said the secretary.

On May 4, Mr Modi will make a brief stopover in Paris on his return trip where he will have in-depth talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, who was re-elected to the top job last week.

“Narendra Modi’s visit to France will be an opportunity to continue the high-level engagement between the two countries after the French presidential election,” Kwatra said.

“Both countries have continuously nurtured and realized the ambition of their strategic partnership,” he said.

Asked whether the Ukraine crisis will feature in his talks with European leaders, Mr Kwatra said: “When the Prime Minister interfaces with the leaders, issues of regional and global importance will naturally also feature in the discussions. But the main purpose of the visit is to structure and strengthen the bilateral partnership in a range of areas and to exchange views on Ukrainian issues.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs also said that it would not be correct for him to comment on the position of each of these countries on the Ukrainian question.

Reflecting the EU’s tough approach to Russian aggression, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at the Raisina dialogue on Monday that Europe will ensure that aggression “unprovoked and unjustified” of Moscow against Ukraine is a “strategic failure”.

India has yet to publicly condemn the Russian attack on Ukraine and called for resolving the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.

Christi C. Elwood