During a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, British PM Boris Johnson said that India has been pushing for peace in Ukraine and wants Russia out of it.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response to the events in Ukraine has been described as “very strong” by Foreign Minister Boris Johnson in an interview.
Answering whether he requested Modi use his influence in Moscow to put pressure on Russian aggression against Ukraine, the British prime minister said.
The British embassy in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, will reopen next week, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced today. He also said that the United Kingdom and its allies will not stand idly by as Vladimir Putin’s ‘onslaught’ continues in Ukraine.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly asked Russian President Vladimir Putin what he thinks he is doing and where this is going, he said.
“Narendra Modi and Indians have spoken out strongly about Bucharest’s events, and I think you have to acknowledge this.
PM Modi has made it clear that he has already intervened with Vladimir Putin several times, “he stated.
“What the Indians want is peace in Ukraine and they want the Russians out, and I totally agree with that,” Johnson said, adding that India and the United Kingdom have greater convergence on a wide range of global challenges.
At the same time, he emphasised that ties between India and Russia go back a long time and will not be altered.
“International events are forcing the UK and India into closer cooperation… Relations between Russia and India date back centuries, and they are not about to change now “he informed me.
On his two-day trip to India, Johnson coincided with growing concern in Western capitals over Delhi’s refusal to directly condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine and its decision to purchase discounted Russian oil.
“The United Kingdom and its allies will not stand by and watch as Vladimir Putin carries on with this assault. One of the oldest and largest democracies has come together here in New Delhi to confront our shared fears about autocratic regimes and autocratic coercion in other countries, and to work together to make our countries more secure and prosperous “he stated.
When it comes to resolving the Ukrainian crisis, Prime Minister Modi has called for dialogue and diplomacy.
“For an immediate ceasefire and resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, we emphasised the importance of diplomacy and dialogue. Aside from that, we stressed the significance of upholding the territorial integrity and sovereign rights of all countries “he stated.
Upon being questioned about human rights abuses and the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, Johnson stated that the country is a great democracy with constitutional protection for its citizens.
Even though he acknowledged that the two countries have “conversations” about human rights and democracy, he said “the advantage of our friendship is that we can have them and can have them in a friendly and private way,” he added.
“It’s critical to remember that India’s constitution protects the interests of its citizens, making it a very distinct country from other autocracies. There are 1.35 billion people in the world who live in a democracy, and that’s something to be proud of “he commented.
Both Modi and Johnson expressed deep concern for the ongoing conflict and humanitarian situation in Ukraine, according to a joint statement released following their meeting.
“They unequivocally condemned civilian deaths and reiterated the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities and a peaceful resolution of the conflict, which was having severe implications across the globe, in particular for developing countries,” it stated.
‘They emphasised the UN Charter, international law, and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of states as the foundations of the contemporary global order.’ Their willingness to help the people of Ukraine was reaffirmed,’ it said.