Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Touches Down in New Delhi: Talks on Peace Deal with Russia Take Center Stage

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  • The arrival of Ukraine’s Foreign Minister in New Delhi signals a pivotal moment in diplomatic efforts to address the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
  • His two-day official visit at the invitation of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar underscores the growing significance of bilateral relations between India and Ukraine.
  • During his stay, Kuleba is slated to engage in a series of high-level meetings, including dialogues with Jaishankar and Deputy National Security Advisor.
  • Central to Kuleba’s visit is Ukraine’s aspiration for India to assume the role of peacemaker in the conflict.
  • This appeal comes in the wake of a telephonic conversation between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Of particular significance is the timing of Kuleba’s visit, marking the first instance of a senior Ukrainian leader’s official engagement with India since the onset of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
  • While Ukraine’s absence from the G20 Summit in New Delhi earlier raised eyebrows, the invitation extended to Kuleba signifies India’s nuanced diplomatic approach in navigating complex geopolitical dynamics.

The arrival of Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, in New Delhi signals a pivotal moment in diplomatic efforts to address the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, with discussions on a potential peace deal topping the agenda.

Confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Kuleba’s two-day official visit at the invitation of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar underscores the growing significance of bilateral relations between India and Ukraine in navigating regional and global challenges.

During his stay, Kuleba is slated to engage in a series of high-level meetings, including dialogues with Jaishankar and Deputy National Security Advisor, to deliberate on avenues for bolstering bilateral cooperation and addressing shared concerns on regional and global fronts. Interactions with the business community are also on the itinerary, underscoring the multifaceted nature of India-Ukraine relations.

Central to Kuleba’s visit is Ukraine’s aspiration for India to assume the role of peacemaker in the conflict. This appeal comes in the wake of a telephonic conversation between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wherein both leaders expressed mutual commitment to fostering peace. PM Modi reaffirmed India’s unwavering support for initiatives aimed at resolving the conflict and providing humanitarian aid.

Against this backdrop, Kuleba is expected to urge his Indian counterpart to leverage India’s diplomatic clout to facilitate an early resolution to the crisis. The recent phone conversation between Jaishankar and Kuleba, which centered on Ukraine’s proposed peace formula and the forthcoming ‘Global Peace Summit,’ underscores India’s keen interest in contributing constructively to the peace process.

Of particular significance is the timing of Kuleba’s visit, marking the first instance of a senior Ukrainian leader’s official engagement with India since the onset of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. This diplomatic outreach assumes added importance amidst speculations surrounding India’s diplomatic maneuvers, particularly in the context of international summits where strategic considerations come into play.

While Ukraine’s absence from the G20 Summit in New Delhi earlier raised eyebrows, the invitation extended to Kuleba signifies India’s nuanced diplomatic approach in navigating complex geopolitical dynamics. As both nations strive to forge a path towards peace and stability, Kuleba’s visit serves as a testament to the evolving contours of India-Ukraine relations and the pivotal role India could play in fostering global peace and security.

 

(With inputs from agencies)

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