India calls for cessation of hostilities in Ukraine

Updated: Sep 23 2022 11:42AM

New Delhi, Sep 22 (PTI) India on Thursday called for immediate cessation of hostilities in Ukraine days after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered fresh mobilization of troops and declared that he would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons to defend his country's territory.

"India has repeatedly emphasised on the immediate cessation of hostilities and the need to resolve the ongoing conflict through dialogue and diplomacy," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi told reporters here.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reiterated the need for cessation of hostilities during his meeting with Putin at Samarkand last week.