NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov here on Friday, and conveyed “India’s readiness to contribute in any way to the peace efforts”.
As per a release by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PM Modi reiterated his call for an early cessation of violence. The Russian foreign minister briefed him on the situation in Ukraine, including the ongoing peace negotiations.
“PM Modi reiterated his call for an early cessation of violence, and conveyed India’s readiness to contribute in any way to the peace efforts,” the PMO said.
The Russian foreign minister also updated Prime Minister Modi on the progress of decisions taken during the bilateral Summit between PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held in December 2021.
The Russian foreign minister landed in New Delhi for a 24-hour visit to India on Thursday evening, making India his third destination after Turkey and China since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Addressing media persons here, Lavrov said that Russia launched the “special military operation to deprive Ukraine of capacities to pose threats” to its security.
Foreign Minister Lavrov also held talks with External Affaris Minister Dr S Jaishankar and discussed a wide range of issues including the Ukraine war, and important bilateral issues.
During their meeting, EAM Dr. Jaishankar underscored the importance of cessation of violence and ending hostilities and appealed to Russia to resolve the disputes through dialogue and diplomacy. He also said that “the significance of economic, technological and people to people contacts would remain stable and predictable” with Russia.