Tue. Feb 7th, 2023

The State Department’s comments were made only hours after PM Modi spoke on the phone in conversation in conversation with Vladimir Putin on Friday.

The United States on Friday once again praised PM Narendra Modi’s stance regarding his position on the Ukraine conflict, calling for the end of all violence as well as the diplomatic path.

“We would take PM Modi at his words and welcome those comments when they took place. Other countries will make their own decision on engagement with Russia. We continue to coordinate with allies to mitigate impacts of war,” the State Department’s principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel in an interview on Thursday.

Mr. Patel made the remarks in answer to a question about India’s position regarding the Ukraine-Russia conflict as well as PM Modi’s appeal to stop the conflict.

In September, while on the sidelines of the SCO Summit at Samarkand, PM Modi had said to Russian President Vladimir Putin that “today’s era isn’t of war”. Modi also stressed the need for finding solutions to the issues of food security, fuel security as well as fertilizers.

In response to questions about the role of India in stopping the Ukraine-Russia war when asked about its role in stopping war, the State Department spokesperson said, “Any country that’s interested in engaging in peace and interested in ending this (Russia-Ukraine) war must do so in close partnership with Ukrainian partners.”

The State Department’s remarks were made just several hours after PM Modi was on a phone call today to Vladimir Putin on Friday.

“Following up on their meeting in Samarkand on the sidelines of the SCO Summit, the two leaders reviewed several aspects of the bilateral relationship, including energy cooperation, trade and investments, defense and security cooperation, and other key areas,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) stated in a statement.

Against the backdrop of the current conflict in Ukraine, Prime Minister Modi renewed his appeal for diplomacy and dialogue as the only option for a solution.

“Prime Minister briefed President Putin on India’s ongoing Presidency of the G-20, highlighting its key priorities. He also looked forward to both countries working together during India’s Chairship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation,” the PMO stated.

The leaders have agreed to stay in regular contact with each other.

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