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India and Ukraine are two nations that have always shared a long-standing friendship. However, as history moved forward, the cooperation between these two nations became less frequent. Today, the world is witnessing a change in the political and economic scenario, which can strengthen the relationship between India and Ukraine. This was emphasized by Emine Dzhaparova, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, during her recent visit to India. In this article, we will discuss her thoughts on how India and Ukraine can come together and cooperate in various fields.
India and Ukraine: a relationship of potential
Dzhaparova stated that India and Ukraine share a lot in common and have untapped potential for bilateral relations. She emphasized that Ukraine is no longer a subject but a capable object in building new relations. Both nations have visionary leaders who understand the importance of cooperation. Dzhaparova believes that it is only the start of the dialogue, and both countries need to take pragmatic and balanced approaches towards their relationship.
Ukraine’s request to India for G20 presidency
Dzhaparova believes that India, through its G20 presidency, can help bring the Ukrainian crisis into the limelight. She suggested that Ukrainian officials should be invited to the G20 events and summit, to be held in September, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy would be happy to address them. She stated that Ukraine’s message to India is clear: the discussion about the economy and future economy, the economic situation in the world, is not possible without the repercussions of the war of Russia against Ukraine, which has an impact on the economic growth and to the economies of G20.
The importance of people-to-people contact
Dzhaparova stressed the importance of people-to-people contact in communication. She believes that India has an essential role to play in the world and its presidency of G20 brings additional responsibility. India can take leadership by involving Ukraine in its agenda and helping Ukraine bring its story to the world.
Military ties between Ukraine and Pakistan
Dzhaparova clarified that Ukraine’s relationship with Pakistan is not directed against India’s interests. She pointed out that her country’s military ties with Islamabad began in the 90s and were never directed against the relationship with India. She understands that there are some sensitive messages about military contracts, but contracts have been signed since the 90s.
Crimea episode and India’s territorial disputes
Referring to the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, Dzhaparova stated that the Crimea episode has a lesson for India, which also has a difficult neighborhood with China and Pakistan. Whenever impunity happens, if it is not stopped, it becomes more significant. Her comments could be seen as referring to India’s territorial disputes with China and Pakistan.
India’s visit to Kyiv
Dzhaparova hoped that Indian officials, including national security adviser Ajit Doval, who visited Moscow in February and held talks with President Vladimir Putin, will also visit Kyiv. She believes that Russia has more time to make visits, but Ukraine is facing a war and has to defend itself. Her visit was a mark of friendship for a better relationship with India, and it requires reciprocity. Ukraine would be happy to welcome Indian officials to Kyiv.
The visit of Emine Dzhaparova to India was significant and highlighted the potential for closer cooperation between India and Ukraine. The bilateral relations between these two nations have untapped potential, and it is the start of the dialogue. Both nations need to take pragmatic and balanced approaches to building a deeper relationship.