Modi hails ’productive’ meeting with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky on sidelines of G7 Summit — What did they discuss?

Modi described his meeting with Zelenskyy as very productive, expressing India's eagerness to strengthen bilateral relations with Ukraine.

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First Published14 Jun 2024, 05:16 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Apulia, Italy, on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Apulia, Italy, on Friday. (ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he had a “very productive meeting” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the ongoing G-7 summit in Italy's Apulia region.

He also said that India is eager to cement bilateral ties with Ukraine further and reiterated that the country believes in a human-centric approach.

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In a post on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), PM Modi said: “Had a very productive meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. India is eager to further cement bilateral relations with Ukraine. Regarding the ongoing hostilities, reiterated that India believes in a human-centric approach and believes that the way to peace is through dialogue and diplomacy.”

The two leaders reviewed bilateral ties and exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine, said external affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal.

“Furthering India-Ukraine partnership! PM @narendramodi met President @ZelenskyyUa of Ukraine on the sidelines of the 50th G7 Summit in Apulia, Italy,” Jaiswal said on X. 

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“The leaders reviewed the bilateral relationship and exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine. The PM conveyed that India continues to encourage peaceful resolution of the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy,” the spokesperson added.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra were part of PM Modi’s delegation at the bilateral meeting.

Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, New Delhi has maintained that the conflict between the two neighbours must be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy. 

Swiss Peace Summit

Zelenskyy briefed Modi on various aspects of the conflict at the bilateral meeting, which came ahead of the Swiss Peace Summit. 

The peace summit will be held on June 15 and 16 at Bürgenstock in Lucerne.

On Wednesday, India said that it would participate in the upcoming peace summit on the Ukraine conflict at an “appropriate level”. 

PM Modi has been invited by Switzerland to attend the peace summit, but a senior diplomat is expected to represent India at the summit. 

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First Published:14 Jun 2024, 05:16 PM IST
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