External Affairs Ministry Randhir Jaiswal shares update on Indians working as support staff in Russian Army Ukraine

New Delhi: India on Thursday reiterated its commitment to ensure the early release of 20 Indian nationals serving in support roles in the Russian military.

Addressing a weekly press conference, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reaffirmed India’s active efforts to facilitate the early release of these individuals. Jaiswal said, “We are aware that around 20 people are stranded. We are trying our level best to release them as soon as possible. We have issued two statements which you have seen.”

Underscoring India’s commitment to the well-being and security of its citizens, Jaiswal urged against involvement in conflict zones and reiterated India’s proactive stance in ensuring their return.

“We have also asked people not to go to war zones or get caught in situations that are difficult. We are in regular touch with Russian authorities both in New Delhi and Moscow.

Recognizing the challenges faced by these individuals, including reports of their involvement in military activities along Russia’s border with Ukraine, Jaiswal assured continued support and engagement.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of External Affairs announced the successful discharge of several Indian nationals upon India’s formal request. Reaffirming India’s dedication to promptly resolve such matters, the Ministry of External Affairs stressed its “highest priority” in actively pursuing these matters with the Russian authorities.

Responding to questions regarding the safety of Indian nationals in Israel, Jaiswal clarified that no one has traveled to the country recently after the establishment of the intergovernmental mobility framework.

Speaking on India’s stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Jaiswal said, “Our position is well known. We have said this at various levels, at the highest level, that India wants there to be discussions, there should be diplomacy, there should be continued engagement so that both sides “We can come together and find a solution for peace. That’s why our position stands. That’s our position.”