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Ukraine to India: Cut military, energy dependence on Russia



Tribune News Service

Sandeep Dikshit

New Delhi, April 10

Visiting Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova on Monday called on India to be pragmatic by diversifying its political interactions and energy and military resources.

MEA Secretary (West) Sanjay Verma with Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova in New Delhi on Monday. PTI

Dzhaparova, a rare political visitor from Ukraine, arrived on Sunday and was speaking to the media after a meeting with MEA’s Secretary (West) Sanjay Verma. “We only think that it’s crucial to diversify resources, not only energy but military resources too because what we see in my country is that when you are dependent on Russia, they will blackmail,” she said.

India Vishwaguru

India is a Vishwaguru… the war we have is not about NATO, the US, it’s about justice… Your PM in Samarkand said this is not an era of war. Emine Dzhaparova, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister

“Discussed bilateral engagements and cooperation going forward. Wishing her a good trip. Her first as DFM, but a country she is familiar with,” tweeted Verma.

“India should be pragmatic in diversifying its energy resources, military contracts and political interactions. PM Modi’s policy of democracy, dialogue and diversity and ‘no era of war’ and strategic application is really important,” she said. This is the first official visit by a Ukraine minister to India after Russia launched the full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022, though PM Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar have met their counterparts but in third countries.

Dzhaparova made no mention of Kyiv’s reported desire to invite PM Modi to Ukraine, which is interpreted in strategic circles as a move to earn an invite to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the upcoming G20 summit in India or at least the Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, who in December had said at the UNSC that “if India has not condemned Russia for the war, it is also providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine”.

“It was a great meeting... hope political conversation will be intensified… I briefed India about the military situation, which is quite difficult when 10,000 Ukrainians have been killed. These are civilians and the civilian infrastructure has been damaged and broken by the missile attacks… we are not in the position of instructing India,” she said.

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