As Russian forces attacked cities in Ukraine, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday night, pleading for a “immediate cessation of hostilities”
and reiterating that the safe withdrawal of India’s citizens from Ukraine was of the utmost importance to India.
PM Modi called for “consistent efforts from all sides to return to the path of diplomatic negotiations and dialogue,”
as per a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
According to the statement, he repeated his “long-standing conviction that,
the disagreements between Russia and NATO can only be resolved via honest and sincere conversation.
“President Putin updated Prime Minister Modi on the latest developments in Ukraine.
India’s worries over the safety of Indian citizens in Ukraine, particularly students, were also raised by the Prime Minister.
He stated that India places a high importance on their safe exit and return.