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Ukraine lauds India for support over Crimea


Context

The First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Stepan Kubiv, said that his government appreciated India’s neutrality

India’s stand on annexation of Crimea

India has maintained that the situation should be resolved peacefully.

Backdrop

Mr Kubiv is in India for the Global Partnership Summit

  • Joint inter-government mission: In Delhi, he held a meeting with Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar during which both sides firmed up plans for the joint inter-government commission which is likely to meet for the sixth session in Kiev in April. Mr. Kubiv is the co-chairman of the commission with Mr. Akbar.

Arms offer

On top of his agenda is Ukraine’s offer of military hardware to the Indian armed forces

  • Ukraine wants to complete the contract, signed in 2009, on modernisation and overhauling of An-32 fleet for the Indian Air Force. Armoured infantry vehicles, equipment engineering, patrol boats, space research are some of our other priorities in relation with India

High level political dialogue

India and Ukraine are also on track to revive high-level political dialogue. The last big visit from India was 12 years ago when President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visited Kiev in 2005.

Video: Here is a short clip by BBC explaining the Crimean crisis


 

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