Russia-Ukraine disaster: PM Modi chairs CCS assembly; prone to communicate with Putin tonight

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New Delhi, Feb 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chaired a gathering of the Cupboard Committee on Safety (CCS) assembly at his official residence in Delhi to debate rising tensions in Ukraine resulting from Russia’s army assault.

A number of Indian nationals are stranded in crisis-hit Ukraine. In keeping with sources, the Prime Minister is prone to communicate to Russian President Vladimir Putin tonight.

In addition to Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, House minister Amit Shah and Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had been seen in a video of the assembly shared by official sources.

Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Hardeep Singh Puri who are usually not a part of the Cupboard Committee on Safety (CCS) had been within the assembly. Nationwide Safety Advisor Ajit Doval and P Okay Mishra, the principal secretary to the prime minister, additionally attended the assembly.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who forged apart worldwide condemnation and sanctions and introduced the launch of the army offensive in opposition to Ukraine on Thursday, additionally warned different international locations that any try to intrude would result in penalties that they had “by no means seen”.

Earlier on Thursday, Ukraine’s ambassador to India Igor Polikha sought PM Modi’s intervention as India and Russia share a particular relationship. “We urge PM Narendra Modi to instantly contact Russian President Vladimir Putin and our President Volodymyr Zelensky,” the envoy stated.

“I do not know what number of world leaders Putin could hearken to however, the standing of Modi ji makes me hopeful. Due to his robust voice, Putin would not less than assume it over. We predict a way more beneficial perspective from the Indian Authorities,” the envoy added.

“We’re asking, pleading the assist of India… Within the case of aggression of a totalitarian regime in opposition to a democratic state, India ought to totally assume its international function. Modiji is without doubt one of the strongest and revered leaders on this planet,” the envoy pleaded.

In the meantime, the Centre stated Indian passengers from Ukraine can return through Qatar, with aviation trade consultants stating that civilian flights will restart from Ukraine solely when its airspace opens. Presently 20,000 Indians, principally college students, are stranded in Ukraine.

Because the Ukrainian airspace is closed because of the Russian army offensive, it’s presently not clear how they’re to journey from Ukraine to Qatar to take Qatar-India flights, that are working usually.

The authorities of the jap European nation issued a NOTAM (discover to airmen) Thursday morning stating that civilian flights inside Ukraine “are restricted resulting from potential hazard for civil aviation”.

The Indian Embassy in Qatar stated on Twitter, “Authorities of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation has allowed passengers touring from Ukraine to journey by transit underneath India-Qatar bilateral air bubble association.”

Which means the passengers coming from Ukraine to Qatar will have the ability to board flights working between Qatar and India.