India's role became important in the Russia-Ukraine war, this plan came to light after PM Modi's visit

Ananya Shroff
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India's role became important in the Russia-Ukraine war, this plan came to light after PM Modi's visit

New Delhi: Prime Minister Modi's visit to Russia has ended. Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Austria from Russia on Tuesday. Modi's two-day visit to Russia was historic in many ways. President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his efforts to help find a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis. According to Russia's state news agency TASS, Putin said, “I am grateful to you for focusing on the most important issues, especially your efforts to find ways to resolve the Ukraine crisis by peaceful means.” Putin made this statement during a conversation with Modi at the Kremlin, Russia's presidential office.

What happened in the Russia-Ukraine war?

In his initial statement broadcast on television, Modi assured Putin and the world community that India is in favour of peace and is ready to contribute to ending the conflict in Ukraine. He said that peace is most important for a bright future. Peace talks cannot succeed amidst bombs, guns and bullets. The Prime Minister also mentioned his informal conversation with Putin on Monday and said that listening to the Russian President has raised hopes.

Modi awarded Russia's highest civilian honour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was officially awarded the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. Modi has been given this honor for his contribution in promoting bilateral relations between the two countries. President Putin honored Prime Minister Modi at a special ceremony at the Kremlin's St. Andrew Hall. The award was announced in 2019. Prime Minister Modi is the first Indian leader to receive this honor. While accepting the award, Prime Minister Modi dedicated it to the people of India and the traditional bond of friendship between India and Russia.

Increase in trade between the two countries
Russian President Putin said he believes that Russia and India have a special strategic partnership. We have had a good friendship for decades. Today, our relations have the element of special strategic partnership. Putin expressed satisfaction over the growing trade between the two countries. He said it grew by 66 per cent last year and 20 per cent in the first quarter of this year. Putin congratulated Modi on being re-elected as India's Prime Minister. Putin also said Modi is on his first official visit to Russia after his government was formed in New Delhi last month.

PM Modi will visit Russia again in October

Putin has also invited Modi to the BRICS summit to be held in the Russian city of Kazan in October. “We will be glad to see you at the BRICS summit in Kazan this year,” the Russian President said while addressing Modi. Russia is chairing BRICS this year. “Prime Minister Modi has said that he will come to Russia again to attend the BRICS summit in Kazan in October,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. BRICS is an inter-governmental organisation comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates have joined the grouping as new members of BRICS.

After Russia, Modi left for Austria

Narendra Modi left for Austria on Tuesday after completing his two-day visit to Russia. During his visit to Russia, the two countries discussed ways to further enhance bilateral cooperation in areas such as energy, trade, manufacturing and fertilizers. Prime Minister Modi began his two-day visit to Russia on Monday. This was his first visit to Russia after Russia's attack on Ukraine. The Russian President hosted a private dinner at his residence in honor of Modi on Monday night. Modi was awarded Russia's highest civilian honor, the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, on Tuesday. When Modi arrives in Vienna, it will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Austria in more than 40 years. Earlier, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited the country in 1983.

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