Washington: The United States once again hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stance on the Ukraine conflict on Friday, calling for an end to all violence and a path of diplomacy. Vedant Patel, principal deputy spokesperson for the US State Department, told a press conference: “We will accept Prime Minister Modi’s words as he said.” And when these things happen, these comments will be welcome. Other countries will make their own decision on engagement with Russia. We will continue to coordinate with our allies to reduce the effects of war. Patel made the remarks in response to a question about India’s position on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and Prime Minister Modi’s call for an end to the war.
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Earlier in September, at the SCO summit in Samarkand, Prime Minister Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin that “the era of today is not one of war”. He also stressed the need to find ways to address food, energy security and fertilizer issues. Asked about India’s role in preventing the Russian-Ukrainian war, the US State Department spokesperson said: “Any country that wants to join peace and help end this (Russian- Ukrainian)” is interested, it should do so in close partnership with Ukrainian partners. It should be noted that Prime Minister Modi had a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin on Friday and the comment from the US State Department came a few hours later.
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Regarding Prime Minister Modi’s telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his office said in a statement: “After their meeting in Samarkand on the sidelines of the SCO summit, the two leaders reviewed several aspects of bilateral relations , including energy, trade and commercial cooperation. investment, defense and security cooperation and other major areas. Against the backdrop of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Prime Minister Modi spoke of dialogue and diplomacy as the only way forward. The PMO said: “The Prime Minister briefed President Putin on India’s current G-20 Chairmanship and outlined its key priorities. He also hoped the two countries would work together during India’s chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The two leaders have agreed to be in regular contact with each other.
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