Indian prime minister told Biden he suggested Putin and Zelensky hold direct talks

Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister

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# 12 April 2022 05:05 (UTC +04:00)

On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told US, President Joe Biden, that he had suggested the leaders of Russia and Ukraine hold direct talks, APA reports quoting CNN.

Modi's comments came during his opening remarks ahead of a virtual meeting with Biden. His remarks were streamed on both his official Twitter account and the account of the Prime Minister’s Office.

“I have spoken on the phone several times with the presidents of both Ukraine and Russia. Not only did I appeal for peace but I also suggested President Putin to hold direct talks with the President of Ukraine,” said Modi.
Modi also spoke on the killing of civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, describing the incident as “very worrying.”

“We immediately condemned it and demanded a fair investigation. We hope the ongoing talks between Russia and Ukraine will pave the way for peace,” Modi continued, adding that India would continue to support Ukraine through humanitarian aid.
“We have also placed importance on the safety of the civilian population in Ukraine and the uninterrupted supply of humanitarian aid to them. On our behalf, we have sent medicines and other relief materials to Ukraine and its neighboring countries. And on the request of Ukraine, we are sending another consignment of medicines very soon," he said.