Responding to speculative reports about India mediating between Russia and Ukraine to help end the ongoing conflict, India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar said it was ‘premature’ to consider it. According to a Hindustan Times report, Jaishankar said it would be “premature” to speak of India acting as a facilitator to broker peace between Russia and Ukraine, and countries affected by the conflict can only hope to nudge the main players in a positive direction.
“In a sense, we’re not looking; we can’t approach today’s problems with models or experiences — this is a very, very different situation,” he said at an HT event in New Delhi.
Jaishankar also warned that India will need to get its act together in order to deal with an uncertain, unpredictable, volatile, and turbulent world, as well as a decade with a far more fluid situation, including frictions and potentially worse situations.
The speculation had grown in the run-up to Jaishankar’s November 7-8 visit to Russia, where he met with his counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and Russian leaders to discuss expanding economic ties and energy supplies.