External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday held a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba and the two leaders discussed recent developments in the region, nuclear concerns and ways to end Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Jaishankar met Kuleba on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India Summit in the Cambodian capital.
“Glad to meet FM @DmytroKuleba from Ukraine. Our discussions covered recent developments in the conflict, grain initiatives and nuclear concerns,” he tweeted.
Jaishankar is accompanying Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, who is leading the Indian delegation to the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and the 17th East Asia Summit here.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter that they discussed bilateral cooperation and ways to end Russia’s war on Ukraine.
“My Indian counterpart @DrSJaishankar and I met to discuss bilateral cooperation and ways to end Russia’s war on Ukraine. I stressed that Russia must immediately end the deadly attacks, withdraw all troops from Ukraine, and commit to peace. We also focused on global food security.
India has not yet condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has been maintaining that the crisis should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.
Since the start of the Ukraine conflict in February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky several times.
During their bilateral meeting in October on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Samarkand, Modi pressured Putin to end the conflict in Ukraine early, saying that “today’s era is not of war” even. That he called for finding ways to address global food. Energy security crisis.
In a phone conversation with Zelensky on 4 October, Modi said that “there can be no military solution” and that India was ready to contribute to any peace efforts.
India has also said that the suspension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative is expected to add to food security and fuel and fertilizer supply challenges facing the world, especially in the global south.
Russia suspended the initiative following an attack on its ships in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative is an agreement on the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea in the midst of the Russia–Ukraine War.
The initiative resulted in the export of more than nine million tons of grain and other food products from Ukraine.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-India relations and is being observed as the Year of ASEAN-India Friendship.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an international organization with 10 member states in Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.