India given its role in efforts to establish peace in the Russian-Ukrainian war.
The main stalemate in this matter is the reluctance of Russia and Ukraine to hold talks.
Ukraine feels like it is succeeding on the battlefield. So even Russia is in no mood to talk.
Washington. Ahead of Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to Moscow this week, several diplomats and foreign policy experts are keeping a close eye on India’s possible role in pushing for peace between Russia and Ukraine. India has already reflected on the Russian-Ukrainian war, what role it can play in efforts to establish peace at the right time. The main stalemate in this matter is the reluctance of Russia and Ukraine to hold talks. Ukraine feels like it is succeeding on the battlefield. On the other hand, Russia is not in the mood to talk either.
According to The New York Times, however, experts believe a compromise or ceasefire may be possible if war-induced rising energy prices make life for ordinary people in Ukraine truly miserable. It should be noted that earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron floated the idea of holding peace talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, this idea did not materialize. India is seen as a potential peacemaker due to better relations with both sides. If Russia and Ukraine express interest in neutral third-party mediation, India would be a strong and credible candidate on both sides. Prime Minister Modi has good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and can talk directly to Russia.
‘Ukraine wanted India to put pressure on Russia, so we…’, big revelation from Jaishankar
However, Ukraine and the United States were angered by India’s continued purchase of oil from Russia and its refusal to support resolutions against Russia. Earlier in September, at a summit in Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Modi said the whole world is paying the price for the war in Ukraine. Modi told Putin that today’s era is not one of war and that we should discuss how we can move forward on the path of peace. So when Foreign Minister S Jaishankar was questioned at a conference in New Zealand last month, what are you doing to persuade the parties involved in the war to talk? So he said ‘anything we can do, we’re ready to do’.
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FIRST POST: 07 November 2022, 05:46 IST