Ukraine crisis: Polish ambassador hails India’s efforts to end the war | Latest India News

India’s initiative to end the war in Ukraine is “highly appreciated” although Russia “does not want to listen to such voices”, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts will strengthen cooperation between democratic nations, Polish Ambassador Adam Burakowski said.

As Ukraine’s immediate neighbour, Poland has been at the forefront of humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine and more than 6.8 million people, 90% of them women and children , came from Ukraine to Poland, Burakowski said in an exclusive interview.

The recent “sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines” must be seen in the “context of the Russian war and [President Vladimir] Putin’s determination to succeed,” he said. “Trade in energy resources has become an area of ​​energy warfare,” he added.

Asked what Poland thought of the Indian Prime Minister’s appeal to the Russian and Ukrainian presidents to end the war and his offer to contribute to peace efforts, Burakowski replied: “It is important that Russia hears calls to end this war from many directions. India’s initiative is much appreciated – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words that “the era of today is not one of war” has resonated globally. Unfortunately, Russia is still not willing to listen to such voices.

He added: “We also welcome the latest phone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. On its back, cooperation between peaceful and democratic countries will be strengthened.

Modi told Putin during a bilateral meeting in Uzbekistan on September 16 that “today’s era is not one of war” and urged him to end the war in Ukraine given concerns of developing countries regarding food and energy security. In a phone conversation with Zelenskyy on October 4, Modi reiterated his call for a cessation of hostilities and a return to dialogue and diplomacy. Modi said there could be “no military solution” and expressed India’s willingness to contribute to peace efforts.

Burakowski said that since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, Poland has taken in 6.81 million people from Ukraine, 90% of whom are women and children. “More than 1.23 million personal identification numbers have been issued to Ukrainian refugees planning a long-term stay in Poland,” he said.

Thanks to public aid which should amount to 3.37 billion euros in 2022, refugees have access to social assistance and public services, including health and education. Poland ranks third among European countries providing the most bilateral aid to Ukraine as a proportion of their own GDP.

“The value of military equipment donated by Poland to Ukraine exceeded 1.48 billion euros. Despite its relative size, Poland has supplied Ukraine with more tanks and armored personnel carriers than France and Germany combined,” he said.

Describing last month’s incident involving the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines as an act of “sabotage”, Burakowski said that “the explosions on both pipelines appear to be in line with the strategy of escalating gas relations with Europe, systematically implemented by Moscow for many years”. months”. However, the pipeline failure will not have a noticeable impact on the European gas market and Poland has made “great progress” in diversifying energy supplies, he said.

In the field of bilateral relations, Poland aims to promote new possibilities in IT and food processing. “Many B2B meetings are organised… We also promote our training offer. There are several thousand Indian students in Poland and their number is growing, as is the total number of NRIs in our country. I can tell you that in Warsaw alone we already have 112 Indian restaurants! he said.

“India is a target country for Polish investors… The signing of the EU-India Free Trade Agreement will certainly make us see a spurt of growth in Indo-Polish trade relations,” Burakowski said.


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