No solution is possible in battlefield, PM Modi tells President Putin

 In his opening remarks in talks with President Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he was confident that their ties would see further strengthening in the coming years.

He said the India-Russia cooperation in energy sector helped the world as well.

“India is facing the challenge of terrorism for around 40
years; and I condemn all forms of terrorism,” Modi said, adding that the world had to face multiple challenges in the last five years; first due to Covid-19 and then because of various conflicts.

“When the world faced a shortage of food, fuel and fertilisers, we did not allow our farmers to face problems and the ties with Russia played a role in it.” the PM said.

“We would want our cooperation with Russia to expand further so as to ensure welfare of our farmers,” PM Modi said.

“We could insulate common citizens in India from difficulties in terms of availability of fuel because of your cooperation,” Modi told Putin.

“At our meeting yesterday, we listened to each other's views on Ukraine,” PM Modi said.

“I placed before you yesterday Global South's expectation on peace and stability,” PM Modi said during his talks with President Putin.

“If innocent children are murdered; if innocent children die, it is heart-wrenching,” Modi told Putin.

“No solution is possible in battlefield,” PM Modi told President Putin during the talks.

“For restoration of peace, India is ready to cooperate in all possible ways,” PM Modi told Russian President Putin.Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that the death of innocent children was very painful, a day after a lethal strike on a children’s hospital in Kyiv.

The Indian leader made the televised remarks at a meeting with Putin in the Kremlin.

Ukraine says it has recovered fragments of a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile at the hospital, which was hit on Monday during a wave of Russian attacks that killed at least 41 Ukrainians across the country.

Russia said, without providing evidence, that it was a Ukrainian anti-missile system that struck the hospital.

Modi told Putin that the death of innocent children in war, conflict or a terrorist attack was “very painful.” He also said that a solution to the war in Ukraine “cannot be found on the battlefield ... we have to find peace through talks.”

Putin, speaking before Modi, said their two countries enjoyed a special strategic partnership and thanked him for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war.

He welcomed Modi in the Kremlin for talks on deepening the bilateral relationship, a day after the United States said it had raised concerns with India about its ties with Moscow.

“Our relations have the character of a particularly privileged strategic partnership,” Putin said.

“I thank you for the attention you are paying to the most acute problems including trying to find ways to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, above all by peaceful means, of course.”

India has become an increasingly important partner for sanctions-hit Russia as it shifts its trade away from the West and seeks to demonstrate that Western attempts to isolate it have failed.

India has refrained from criticizing Russia over the war and has increased its purchases of cheap Russian oil to record levels, while urging Ukraine and Russia to resolve their conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.

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