New Delhi: India on Thursday called for an immediate end to hostilities in Ukraine, days after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a renewed troop mobilization and declared he would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons to defend his country’s territory.
“India has repeatedly emphasized the need for an immediate end to hostilities and the need to resolve the ongoing conflict through dialogue and diplomacy,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told reporters here.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reiterated the need to end hostilities during his meeting with Putin in Samarkand last week.
“India’s position has also been clear and consistent with respect to countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Bagchin said when asked about plans to hold referendums in Russian-controlled parts of eastern and southern Ukraine.
At Samarkand, Modi told Putin, “I know that today’s era is not one of war and we have spoken to you many times over the phone that democracy, diplomacy and dialogue are things that touch the world.”