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Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

March 2, 2022

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi at the latter’s initiative.

The leaders discussed the evacuation of Indian citizens that are currently in Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin emphasised that the necessary instructions had been given and the Russian military is doing everything possible to ensure the safe evacuation of Indian citizens from the area of hostilities and their return home. Thus, Russian officials are trying to organise urgent evacuation of a group of Indian students from Kharkiv to Russia along the shortest route in the humanitarian corridor. Meanwhile, according to the latest information, these students have already been, in effect, taken hostage by the Ukrainian power agencies that are using them as a human shield and are doing everything to prevent their leaving for Russia. The Kiev authorities are fully responsible for this.

The leaders agreed to continue close cooperation to ensure the safety of Indian citizens in Ukraine.

March 2, 2022