Tribune press service

New Delhi, August 24

Although India was not represented at the “Crimean Platform” event hosted by Ukrainian President Vlodimir Zelensky, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar greeted his counterpart Dmytro Kuleba on his birthday of independence.

“Committed to our large-scale relationship that encompasses so many areas,” Jaishankar tweeted. His greetings ignored comments a week ago by Kuleba who said, “When India buys Russian crude oil, the rebate has to be paid for with Ukrainian blood.”

Much to Moscow’s relief, India did not participate in this year’s Crimean Platform which coincides with Ukraine’s Independence Day. The 2nd Crimean Platform Summit was held this year on August 23 in an online format. Representatives of some 60 foreign countries and international organizations took part in the platform launched by Zelensky last year to reclaim Crimea from Russia.

Says Latin America can be a major business hub for India

Sao Paulo: EAM S Jaishankar highlighted the importance of making Latin America a major business hub for India by having more engagements, contacts and meetings with stakeholders across the wider region. India and Brazil are not just partners but can share best practices for mutual growth and progress, said Jaishankar, as he interacted with prominent businessmen in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. PTI

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