Russia Ukraine war has now entered its eighth month (representative image)
Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong advice to Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the war between Russia and Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to India Denis Alipov said Friday that his country is considering ending hostilities with Ukraine.
This comes just a day after MEA S Jaishankar echoed Prime Minister Modi’s statements and expressed “deep concern” over the war between Russia and Ukraine. Jaishankar had said that this is the time for dialogue and diplomacy, not war.
During the press conference, the Russian envoy denied Moscow’s plans to occupy Ukrainian territory, claiming that his country wants to end the war in Ukraine, provided the other side shows some show or will. He also stressed that Russia was not creating, but was responding to the provocation created by NATO and the United States.
The Russian envoy further took a stance for India, saying: “We strongly support India’s permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council. We’ve talked a lot about it.”
Alipos also said: “We want to end hostilities. But when this will end, I cannot say. We have no plans to occupy Ukrainian territory. We are ready to stop hostilities at any time, provided Ukraine shows some willpower.”
When asked when the war will end, the Russian ambassador said it was a difficult question to answer as the other side talked about continuing military responses.
“It is a very difficult question. We are ready to end hostilities. You know that President Putin has also told Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Agreement can be reached on cessation of hostilities, but the other side is talking about continuing the military action,” he said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi had met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 2022 SCO summit in Uzbekistan and gave him strong advice on the war between Russia and Ukraine. Prime Minister Modi urged Putin to end hostilities in Ukraine, saying that “this is not the era of war”.
(With ANI inputs)
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