Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, wished our friends every success and emphasized that traditional conventional friendly ties will continue between New Delhi and Moscow no matter what the alignment of political forces is, with reference to the Lok Sabha election that is scheduled for next year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received an invitation from Putin to visit Russia during a meeting with External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar.
He added that he had discussed the developments in Ukraine with the Prime Minister. He indicated that talks between Russia and India would continue. I have often informed him about the state of affairs there, and I am confident that PM Modi is prepared to make every effort to resolve the issue by peaceful means, he said.
The Russian President stated that Moscow is gratified to note that despite all the turmoil happening worldwide, the relationship with our true friend in Asia, India has been progressing incrementally.
We would be delighted to welcome our esteemed friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for a visit to Russia. During his visit, we look forward to engaging in discussions on various pertinent and current issues, as well as exploring the potential avenues for further strengthening the relationship between Russia and India, he expressed.
Dr. Jaishankar was asked to send his best wishes to the Prime Minister by the Russian President. And please, tell him that we want to see him, he responded. Putin did mention India’s busy political schedule for the upcoming year. Next year is set aside for general elections to the legislature. We wish our friends all the best in that, and we hope that in any case, the traditional conventional friendly ties between our nations will persist, regardless of the alignment of political forces, stated the president of Russia.
India has insisted that dialogue is the only way to find a solution to the Ukraine conflict ever since it erupted. Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, have both been contacted by New Delhi, and the conflict has been discussed.
During his earlier this year meeting with the president of Ukraine, Prime Minister Modi declared that India would use all available means to bring an end to the conflict. The prime minister informed Putin in 2021 that we are not in an era of war during their meeting in Samarkand.
India has also resisted Western pressure to align itself with the opposition to Moscow. India kept purchasing Russian oil after the West imposed sanctions on Moscow for invading Ukraine, despite widespread criticism.
Relationships with the outside world are essential. But we shouldn’t give up on what is in our best interests. If I can avoid it, I should not subject our people to fuel inflation. Take a stand that benefits India, the prime minister had advised. That’s what we did, the minister declared.
The Minister of External Affairs has raised several concerns about how Europe could put its energy needs first and expect India to behave differently.
He stated that every nation, including India, was attempting to protect its citizens from the effects of rising energy costs and secure the best possible deal for them.