External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said the need of the hour is to end the conflict in Ukraine and return to the negotiating table, and India strongly reiterates the need for an immediate cessation of all hostilities and a return to dialogue and diplomacy.
Speaking at the UNSC briefing on Ukraine ‘Fight against impunity’, Jaishankar noted that the trajectory of the Ukraine conflict is a matter of profound concern for the entire international community and the world has experienced its consequences in terms of higher costs and shortages of foodgrains and fertilizers and fuel.
“This council is the most powerful symbol of diplomacy. It must continue to live up to its purpose,” he said.
Jaishankar recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks of “this cannot be an era of war” during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the SCO summit.
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