India’s NSA (National Security Advisor) Ajit Doval arrived in Moscow on Tuesday amid the Russia-Ukraine war that has been going on for nearly six months. A picture of him with his Russian counterpart has also surfaced which will not be liked by the US and Ukraine. But it is being said that Doval may try to persuade Russia to accept ‘peace’ in its war with Ukraine. Doval met his Russian counterpart Nikolai Petrushev on Wednesday. At present, no concrete information has been revealed about his meeting with Russian President Putin.
News website News18 quoted sources as saying that the US and European countries like France and Germany are relying on India to persuade Moscow to ceasefire. At the same time, Western leaders are pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to agree to a ceasefire and start negotiations with Russia for a deal. According to the report, India is seeing this as a big opportunity because if it is successful in implementing the ceasefire, then its acceptance in Europe will increase greatly.
What happened between the security advisers of Russia and India?
Another important aspect of this visit is to understand India’s defense supply which is very important for India’s defense preparedness. India is concerned about the sanctions imposed on Russia after the attack on Ukraine and its impact on supplies. During his meeting with Nikolai Petrushev, Ajit Doval held talks on bilateral, regional and global issues. The two sides discussed issues relating to bilateral cooperation in the areas of security as well as topical issues under the regional and international agenda.
Ukraine appeals to India to intervene
In February, the Ukrainian envoy to India urged PM Narendra Modi to intervene to help stop Putin and condemn his attack on Ukraine. Igor Polikha said, ‘India must fully utilize its global power. PM Modi is a respected leader. India has a special partnership with Russia. I don’t know how many leaders Putin will listen to, but I am sure he will listen to the powerful voice of PM Modi.
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India’s stand on Russia Ukraine war
PM Modi had said in May that in the Russia-Ukraine war, neither side will be a winner and all will be defeated. He had said that peace and dialogue is the only way to resolve the ongoing conflict between the countries. However, India has not yet condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. India has stood by its statement that the crisis should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue. On the other hand, Ukraine has strongly opposed Ajit Doval’s visit to Russia.
Strong statement of Ukrainian foreign minister
In response to a question, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that when India buys Russian crude oil, they have to understand that the rebate will have to be paid with the blood of Ukraine. Every barrel of Russian crude oil supplied to India has a fair share of Ukrainian blood. We are friendly and open to India. I supported the evacuation of Indian students. We expected more practical support from India to Ukraine.