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Ukraine crisis PM Modi meets Lavrov.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov here in the national capital and reiterated his call for an early cessation of violence, and conveyed India’s readiness to contribute in any way to the peace efforts.

The Foreign Minister briefed the Prime Minister on the situation in Ukraine, including the ongoing peace negotiation, according to a release by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Lavrov also updated the Prime Minister on the progress of decisions taken during the India-Russia bilateral Summit held in December 2021.

The meeting is quite significant as it comes at a time when India continues to stay neutral over Russia’s war on Ukraine. Lavrov on Friday said that India can mediate between Moscow and Kyiv as the peace talks between the two counties failed to come up with solutions yet to end the war.

“India is an important country. If India sees to play that role which provides resolution of the problem…If India is with its position of a just and rational approach to international problems, it can support such process.”