Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine should be resolved through talks.
The Defence Minister reiterated India’s stance on it, saying that India stands for peace. At an election meeting at Banshi Bazar in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia, Singh said, “As per information received, the US President has said that they are ready to hold talks with the Russian President.”
"The US President has taken some initiative on his behalf. India wants peace to be established in any way. We are sure that when talks take place, some way or the other will come out," he added.
Asked about India’s stance on the issue, Singh said, “We want peace. We have always been in favour of world peace."
As tension between Russia and NATO sides mount, India called for restraint on all sides following Russian President Vladimir Putin recognizing the independence of two states of Ukraine on Monday.
Russia had earlier gathered troops under the Ukraine border and has been demanding that NATO never admit Ukraine and other ex-Soviet nations as members and the military alliance and take back troop deployments in former Soviet bloc nations.
India’s permanent representative at the United Nations (UN) T. S. Tirumurti on Tuesday called for de-escalation of the situation and resolution of the crisis through diplomatic dialogue at an emergency UN Security Council meeting.