India will do “everything possible” to find a solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan.
“I fully understand your pain and the pain of the Ukrainian people. I can assure you that to resolve [this conflict], India and I personally, will do everything possible,” Modi told Zelenskyy.
It was the first meeting between the two leaders since the Russian invasion of Ukraine 15 months ago, which India has so far refused to condemn.
New Delhi has decades of close political, economic and military ties with Moscow.
A message posted on Zelenskyy’s Telegram account said he “thanked India for its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty” of Ukraine, “especially before international organisations”.
Zelenskyy also thanked Modi for the humanitarian assistance to his war-torn country and invited India to participate in the implementation of the “peace formula” worked out by Ukraine.
Zelenskyy arrived in Hiroshima on Saturday afternoon for a surprise, in-person appearance at the G7, after securing the much-needed US agreement the day before for future deliveries of US-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine from its allies.