“War is not a solution” – DW – 09/07/2024

“War is not a solution” – DW – 09/07/2024
“War is not a solution” – DW – 09/07/2024

“War is not a solution. Dialogue is necessary,” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the start of talks in the Kremlin with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an implicit reference to the conflict in Ukraine.

Modi added that his country is ready to provide “any assistance” to bring this goal closer.

“As your friend, I have always told you that peace is essential for a bright future for future generations, which is why we believe that war is not the solution. The solution cannot be war. Bombs, missiles and rifles cannot guarantee peace, that is why we are emphasizing dialogue,” he insisted.

According to Modi, who held several hours of talks with Putin yesterday at the Kremlin chief’s residence outside Moscow, the parties agreed that “peace must be established as soon as possible.”

“I can assure you that India has always been on the side of peace. And when I listened to you, I sensed optimism,” Modi told Putin.

First visit since the beginning of the war in Ukraine

“I thank you for your attempts to find solutions to the Ukrainian crisis, first of all, through peaceful means,” Putin told Modi. The Russian leader also thanked him for paying attention to other “hot issues.”

This is the first visit of the Indian Prime Minister to Russia since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

“The current era is not a time of war”

India has avoided officially censuring Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine, defending its neutrality and the need to resolve the conflict diplomatically. At the same time, Modi was one of the few leaders of countries friendly to Moscow to criticise in September 2022 the military actions initiated by Russia in the neighbouring country.

“The current era is not an era of war… Today we have an opportunity to talk about how to move towards peace,” the Indian leader told Putin on the sidelines of a summit of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in 2022.

The Indian prime minister’s last visit to Moscow was in 2019. This is Modi’s first trip abroad since his party’s victory in the general elections last June.

rml (efe, afp)

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