Posted: 03.01.2023 10:17:00

Austria, India urged for peace talks on Ukraine

The foreign ministers of Austria and India called for peace talks on the situation in Ukraine at a press conference in Vienna, RIA Novosti reports


Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg noted that India remains one of the few countries that conducts negotiations with both sides: Russia and Ukraine. “We also have high expectations from India's G20 presidency. Our goal should be to restore peace so that diplomacy can be operational in Ukraine again," he added.

Mr. Schallenberg said that ‘peace can be achieved at the negotiating table, not on the battlefield, and this war will not be an exception either’. He believes peace talks on the Ukrainian conflict ‘cannot take place without Ukraine’.

“We insist on negotiations. The Prime Minister has recently held talks not only with President Zelenskyy, but also with President [of Russia Vladimir] Putin. I also talked with the foreign ministers [of Russia] Lavrov and [of Ukraine] Kuleba,” Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said, adding that the world community calls for ‘the end of this conflict or a return to negotiations’. He noted ‘specific problems’ in connection with the current situation in Ukraine – mentioning, in particular, nuclear safety at the Zaporozhye NPP.