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‘Situation in Ukraine very worrying’: PM Modi to Joe Biden in virtual meet

The situation in Ukraine is extremely worrying, PM Narendra Modi said ahead of the virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden on Monday and added “Our talks today are taking place at such a crucial time.”PM Modi suggested that Russian President Putin and Ukrainian counterpart should talk directly. The Indian prime minister also promised to send another shipment of medicines to Ukraine.

Apart from the Russia-Ukraine war, the two leaders are likely to discuss a range of issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis, global economy and Indo-Pacific. Further condemning the killings in Bucha, PM Modi noted that reports of killing of innocent civilians in Bucha very worrying. “We immediately condemned it and demanded fair investigation.”

Meanwhile, speaking about the partnership between the two countries, President Joe Biden said, “We share a strong and growing major defence partnership.” And responding to it Modi said, as world’s two largest and oldest democracies, we are natural partners.

The United States and India are going to continue our close consultation and how to manage the stabilising effects of this Russian war. Our continued consultation and dialogue are key to ensuring US-Indian relationship continues to grow deep and strong, Biden said.

Ahead of a virtual meeting with PM Modi, Biden on Monday said that he is looking forward to further deepening ties between governments and people of the two countries.

“This morning, I’m meeting virtually with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. I look forward to further deepening ties between our governments, economies, and people,” Biden said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had said on Sunday “President Biden and Prime Minister Modi will discuss cooperation on a range of issues including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, countering the climate crisis, strengthening the global economy, and upholding a free, open, rules-based international order to bolster security, democracy, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.”

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