New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which he reiterated India’s call for dialogue with Ukraine. India has retained it stance in favour of dialogue and diplomacy on the issue since the war broke out between the two former Soviet nations following Russia’s invasion.
Prime Minister Modi and President Putin reviewed the implementation of the decisions taken during the Russian premier’s visit to India in December 2021, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.
The two leaders specifically exchanged ideas on how bilateral trade in agricultural goods, fertilisers and pharma products could be encouraged further. They also held talks on global issues, including the state of the international energy and food markets.
“In the context of the ongoing situation in Ukraine, Prime Minister reiterated India’s long-standing position in favour of dialogue and diplomacy,” the PMO said.
The leaders agreed to maintain regular consultations on global and bilateral issues, it said.
Meanwhile, Russian missile attacks on residential areas in a coastal town near the Ukrainian port city of Odesa early Friday killed at least 19 people, authorities reported, a day after Russian forces withdrew from a strategic Black Sea island. Video of the pre-dawn attack showed the charred remains of buildings in the small town of Serhiivka, located about 50 kilometers southwest of Odesa.
The Ukrainian president’s office said three X-22 missiles fired by Russian bombers struck an apartment building and two campsites.
(With PTI inputs)