INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (3) appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, even as his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen hoped New Delhi will use its influence over Russia to end the war.
The two leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis and several regional and global issues including increasing trade relations during their bilateral talks at the Danish prime minister’s official residence in Mareinborg near Copenhagen.
“We appeal for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy for resolving the crisis,” Modi told reporters.
Frederiksen asked Russian president Vladimir Putin to “stop this war and end the killings”.
“My message is very clear that Putin has got to stop this war and to end the killings. I, of course, hope that India will influence Russia also in this,” she said.
In a joint statement, the two prime ministers “unequivocally condemned civilian deaths in Ukraine”.
“They reiterated the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities. They emphasised that the contemporary global order has been built on the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states,” they said in the statement.
The two leaders also discussed the destabilising effect of the conflict and its broader regional and global implications and agreed to remain closely engaged on the issue.