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Ukraine's Zelensky seeks Indian PM Modi's help with peace plan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi via phone line in Kiev, Ukraine, on December 26, 2022. (Photo via Reuters)

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine says he has sought India's help with implementing a "peace formula" during a phone call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"I had a phone call with PM Narendra Modi and wished a successful G20 presidency," Zelensky wrote on Twitter. "It was on this platform that I announced the peace formula and now I count on India's participation in its implementation."

In a statement following the call late on Monday, the Indian government said Premier Modi had repeated his calls "for an immediate cessation of hostilities" and to "revert to dialogue and diplomacy."

"The Prime Minister also conveyed India's support for any peace efforts," the Indian statement said.

Zelensky presented a 10-point peace formula to world leaders at the Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, in November. India assumed the G20 presidency this month, and will hold it until next year.

The conversation comes at a time when India is seeking to strengthen trade relations with Moscow and has emerged as the largest buyer of Russian oil after China.

India's foreign minister has said that India had to look after its own interests and called Russia "a steady and time-tested partner." The country has repeatedly said its decision to increase purchases of Russian energy is to protect its own interests.

Last month, Moscow reportedly sent India a list of more than 500 products for potential delivery, including parts for cars, aircraft, and trains. India, too, has sent Russia a list of Indian products for access to Russian markets.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he was ready to negotiate "about acceptable solutions" regarding the war in Ukraine.

Moscow says it is after a potential diplomatic settlement of the war in Ukraine.

At a press conference last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Ukrainian president and his American counterpart were turning a deaf ear to "Russia's concerns."

Regarding Moscow's conditions in the peace talks, Russian diplomats say the demilitarization of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine is among the main conditions Moscow has stated to end the war. The two regions broke away from Ukraine in 2014 after refusing to recognize a new government.

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