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Jaishankar discusses grain initiative, nuclear concerns with Ukrainian FM Kuleba

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with his counterparts on the sidelines of the 19th ASEAN-India Summit on Saturday, including Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, and discussed the grain initiative and nuclear concerns amid the Russia-Ukraine war.

Jaishankar tweeted, “It was a pleasure to meet Ukrainian FM @DmytroKuleba.” “Our discussions covered recent developments in the conflict, the grain initiative, and nuclear concerns”.

Notably, Russia declared that it would suspend its participation in the deal; however, Russian President Vladimir Putin later stated that Moscow would suspend, but not abandon, its participation in the deal.

The agreement establishes a safe humanitarian corridor for the export of Ukrainian grains through the Black Sea in order to combat rising food prices caused by the geopolitical conflict afflicting the ‘breadbasket.’

Meanwhile, Putin increased his nuclear rhetoric this fall, raising the possibility of using such a weapon in Ukraine.

Russia possesses up to 2,000 tactical nuclear weapons, which are low-yield weapons designed to defeat conventional forces on the battlefield. A tactical nuclear weapon has never been used in combat, but it could be delivered in a variety of ways, such as by missile or artillery shell.

Jaishankar also met Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.

Jaishankar tweeted, “It’s great to see my Singaporean friend FM Vivian Balakrishnan. It’s always nice to exchange notes”.

Jaishankar added, “It’s great to see my dear colleague FM Retno Marsudi of Indonesia. I wish her the best of luck for the upcoming G20 Bali Summit”.

The Minister of External Affairs is accompanying Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar, who arrived in Cambodia on Friday to attend the ASEAN India Commemorative Summit and the 17th East Asia Summit.

Cambodia is hosting this Summit under the theme A.C.T. (Addressing, Challenging, Together). In line with ASEAN’s main theme, this theme aims to address regional issues by promoting prosperity, growth, and stability among member states. Cambodia has played an important role in India-ASEAN engagements; the first India-ASEAN Summit was held in 2002, during Cambodia’s first chairship.

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