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At dinner with Vladimir Putin, PM Modi makes a direct appeal to end war with Ukraine
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At dinner with Vladimir Putin, PM Modi makes a direct appeal to end war with Ukraine

| @indiablooms | 09 Jul 2024, 08:12 pm

Moscow/IBNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday made the most direct appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the Ukraine war which has been going on for over two years during a dinner at the latter's residence as a part of his -two-day official visit to Moscow.

During an informal meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the latter's official residence in Moscow, PM Modi told him that no solution could be found on the battleground.

"India has always called for respecting the UN Charter, including territorial integrity and sovereignty. There is no solution on the battlefield. Dialogue and diplomacy is the way forward," PM Modi is believed to have told Putin during the dinner, according to reports.

Additionally, PM Modi raised concerns about Indian nationals being deceived into joining the Russian army by unscrupulous travel agents.

Nearly two dozen Indians are believed to have been forced into fighting the war against Ukraine after being tricked by agents into going to the country on the pretext of getting high-paying jobs.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reacted sharply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's brief visit to Russia and his interaction with Russian President Vladimir Putin, particularly mentioning the "hug" shared between the two leaders amid Moscow's war with Ukraine.

Zelenskky's post came after PM Modi met President Putin in Moscow and shared an embrace.

Visuals from their meeting showed the two leaders drinking tea on a terrace at Putin's home in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow, and the Indian being driven around in a golf cart.

One photo in particular, where Modi is seen hugging Putin, has been widely shared online.

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"It is a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts to see the leader of the world's largest democracy hug the world's most bloody criminal in Moscow on such a day..."the Ukraine President tweeted.

PM Modi flew to Moscow on a two-day visit in what is seen as maintaining a longstanding relationship and courting closer ties with the West amid the war in Ukraine.

This is the Prime Minister's first visit since assuming his third term in office.

It is also his first visit to Russia since the war in Ukraine began.shb

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