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India, Austria “Ready To Provide Support To Restore Peace” In Ukraine: PM Modi

India stands ready to provide all possible support for restoring peace in war-torn Ukraine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared Wednesday in Vienna, following discussions with the Kremlin. Modi arrived in Vienna late Tuesday after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, where he emphasized the importance of “peace through dialogue,” asserting that “war cannot solve problems.”

Despite criticism from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky over a photo of Modi hugging Putin during the visit, Modi reiterated his stance. Zelensky described the image as “a devastating blow to peace.”

Modi’s trip to Russia occurred amid escalating tensions in Europe, following a deadly Russian missile strike in Ukraine that Kyiv reported hit a children’s hospital in the capital.

“This is not an age of war. Problems cannot be solved on the battlefield,” Modi told reporters in Vienna alongside Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer. Modi affirmed that both India and Austria stand “ready to provide all possible support” to “rapidly restore peace and stability.”

Nehammer emphasized that both countries share the “common goal” of achieving a “comprehensive, just and lasting peace, in accordance with the UN Charter,” highlighting India’s significant role as the world’s largest democracy. He also mentioned that neutral Austria is prepared to serve as a “venue for dialogue” for future peace summits and that his cabinet remains in constant contact with the EU.

During his visit, Modi also referenced the Congress of Vienna in the 19th century, which laid the foundations for peace and stability in the region.

The state visit to Austria coincides with the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Austria, marking the first visit by an Indian head of government since Indira Gandhi in 1983.


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