India ready to contribute towards peace: PM to Zelenskyy

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New Delhi, Feb 26 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his “deep anguish” over the loss of life and property due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and reiterated India’s willingness to contribute towards peace efforts. Sharing the details about the conversation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the PMO said, “President Zelenskyy briefed the Prime Minister in detail about the ongoing conflict situation in Ukraine. The PM expressed his deep anguish about the loss of life and property due to the ongoing conflict.” Modi reiterated his call for an immediate cessation of violence and a return to dialogue, and expressed India’s willingness to contribute in any way towards peace efforts, the statement added. The PMO said that the Prime Minister also conveyed India’s deep concern for the safety and security of Indian citizens, including students, present in Ukraine. Modi sought facilitation by Ukrainian authorities to expeditiously and safely evacuate Indian citizens, the PMO said. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also informed about the conversation with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He urged the PM for a political support in the United Nations Security Council. In a tweet post, Zelenskyy said, “Spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Informed of the course of Ukraine repulsing Russian aggression. More than 100,000 invaders are on our land. They insidiously fire on residential buildings. Urged India to give us political support in United Nations Security Council. Stop the aggressor together.” India had abstained on the vote on draft resolution that condemned Russia’s ‘aggression’ against Ukraine in UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine. China and UAE also abstained on the vote while 11 countries voted in favour of the resolution.