January 2, 2023, 04:38 PM – Public News Service – OSN

Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Austria and India to hold peace talks on Ukraine. This was stated during a press conference in Vienna by the heads of departments Alexander Schallenberg and Subramanyam Jaishankar.

The Austrian minister noted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains one of the few who regularly negotiates with both sides – with Moscow and Kyiv. He also stressed that Vienna has “high expectations” from India’s G20 presidency.

“Our goal should be to restore peace so that diplomacy can once again be involved in Ukraine. <…> We must not forget about our goal,” the speaker clarified.

According to him, “peace can be achieved at the negotiating table, not on the battlefield.” Peace talks on Ukraine “cannot take place without Ukraine,” the diplomat added.

His colleague said that India “is pushing for talks”. He recalled that Modi recently held talks with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and separately with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Jaishankar clarified that he personally discussed the situation with the foreign ministers of the two countries, Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba.

The international community is calling for “an end to this conflict or a return to negotiations,” he said.

In this regard, the speaker recalled “specific problems”, in particular, nuclear safety at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). On January 3, the Indian politician plans to talk on this topic with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi.

Earlier, the Public News Service reported that German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht got into a scandal because of her New Year’s address, in which she spoke, among other things, about the conflict in Ukraine. Ulrike Franke, an analyst at the Center for the European Council on Foreign Relations, accused Berlin of being crazy because of her words about meeting “wonderful people.”