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In Vienna, Modi says he is ‘ready’ to help bring peace to Ukraine

In Vienna, Modi says he is ‘ready’ to help bring peace to Ukraine
In Vienna, Modi says he is ‘ready’ to help bring peace to Ukraine

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured on Wednesday during a visit to Vienna that his country and Austria were “ready” to “provide all possible support” to “rapidly restore peace and stability” in Ukraine.

“Loss of innocent lives is unacceptable, no matter where it happens,” Modi told reporters on his only visit to a European Union (EU) country after his trip to Russia on Monday and Tuesday. “Problems cannot be resolved on the battlefield,” he said, referring to “various conflicts in the world”. “Both India and Austria attach great importance to dialogue and diplomacy to restore peace and stability early,” he added.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer also spoke of the two countries’ “common goal” for Ukraine: a “just and lasting peace, in accordance with the UN Charter.” He stressed the significant “influence” of India, the “world’s largest democracy.” Nehammer said Austria, which is militarily neutral, could be a “place of dialogue” for “future peace summits” and “his office is in constant contact with the EU” to relay his views to the Indian leader. In the Kremlin, Modi told his “friend” Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that continuing to bomb Ukraine would not “solve the problems,” arguing for “a path to peace through dialogue.”

India has never explicitly condemned the Russian offensive. Mr Modi’s visit to Russia, his first since the conflict began in February 2022, came a day after a series of deadly Russian strikes in Ukraine. The state visit to Austria, which marks 75 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations, is the first by an Indian head of government since Indira Gandhi in 1983. India and Austria have also planned to strengthen cooperation in areas ranging from economics to immigration. Mr Modi is also meeting Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen on Wednesday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured on Wednesday during a visit to Vienna that his country and Austria were “ready” to “provide all possible support” to “rapidly restore peace and stability” in Ukraine.

“The loss of innocent lives is unacceptable, wherever it occurs,” Mr Modi told…

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