Ukraine’s Foreign Minister to Make First India Visit Since Russian Invasion, Pitch for Peace Summit


New Delhi : According to individuals familiar with the matter, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is anticipated to embark on his inaugural visit to India since the commencement of the Russian invasion in 2022 by the end of this month. His objective is to garner support for a peace summit.

Accompanied by a high-level delegation, Kuleba is expected to co-chair a meeting of the India-Ukraine inter-governmental commission with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar during the short visit, according to individuals familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity.

This upcoming meeting will mark the first convening of the commission, which is tasked with overseeing all aspects of the bilateral relationship, since 2018.
India has chosen not to publicly rebuke Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, although it has consistently stated its support for all endeavors aimed at resolving the conflict peacefully through dialogue and diplomacy.

In 2023, Ukraine also dispatched Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova to India, followed by a visit from Deputy Foreign Minister Iryna Borovets in February. Apart from engaging in the Raisina Dialogue, Borovets held discussions with Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra and Deputy National Security Adviser Vikram Misri. During these meetings, the Ukrainian delegation extended an invitation to the Indian side to participate in the proposed peace summit.