Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba Seeks Peace Talks in India Amid Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Dmytro Kuleba, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, arrived in New Delhi with a mission to advance Ukraine’s vision for peace amidst the ongoing conflict with Russia and to bolster diplomatic ties with India. In a statement shared on the social media platform X, Kuleba underscored the importance of dialogue between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, emphasizing their shared commitment to finding a peaceful resolution.

Central to Ukraine’s diplomatic efforts is the proposal for a summit of world leaders, excluding Russia, aimed at promoting Ukraine’s peace blueprint. This blueprint, or ‘formula,’ advocates for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory, among other measures. However, Russia has dismissed Ukraine’s initiative as unviable, casting doubt on the prospects for dialogue.

Ahead of Kuleba’s visit, Prime Minister Modi held separate phone conversations with both President Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir Putin. India’s historical economic and defense ties with Moscow have prompted a nuanced approach to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, with India refraining from overt criticism of Russia’s actions. Instead, India has notably increased its purchases of Russian oil to record levels, indicating a delicate balancing act in its foreign policy stance.

Kuleba’s visit to India signals Ukraine’s proactive engagement with key international partners to garner support for its peace efforts and navigate the complexities of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on the global stage.

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