Pressure will be exerted for the early return of civilians trapped in the Ukraine war, Jaishankar hinted at India’s stand in SCO

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Jaishankar, who is representing India at the SCO summit after Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided not to attend the meeting, indicated in a post on Twitter that he had raised the issue of Indians serving in the Russian army. Our strong concern has been expressed over those Indian citizens who are currently in the war zone. He said without directly referring to the Russia-Ukraine conflict that pressure was exerted for their safe and early return.

India on Wednesday pressed Russia for the safe and early return of Indian nationals serving in the Russian military stranded in the Ukraine war as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to review bilateral ties. The meeting between the two foreign ministers on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in the Kazakh capital Astana also helped prepare the ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow during July 8-9.

Jaishankar is representing India at the SCO summit after Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided not to attend the meeting. He indicated in a post on X that he had raised the issue of Indians serving in the Russian army. Our strong concern has been expressed over those Indian citizens who are currently in the war zone. He said pressure was exerted for safe and early return without directly referring to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Last month, India had said it expected Russia to act on New Delhi’s demand for a verified ban on the recruitment of Indian nationals in the Russian army after the death of four Indians during the conflict with Ukraine. The Indian side had on June 11 sought a verified ban on further recruitment of Indians by the Russian army after the death of two Indians last month. India had taken the unusual step of making the demand soon after the foreign secretary attended the National Day celebrations at the Russian embassy.

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