Modi and Putin: Russia promises release of Indians fighting in its army

Russia has promised an early discharge of all American citizens who are battling in the country’s army, according to India’s foreign ministry.

The announcement came at the end of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow, during which he raised the issue with President Vladimir Putin.

Delhi has been seeking the release of Indians, who say they were lured to Russia on the promise of non-combat jobs in the army, but were later forced into active combat in Ukraine.

In the battle, at least four Indians have been killed.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra stated at a press conference on Tuesday that Mr. Modi had” clearly raised the issue of first release” of Indians who had been “misled into the support of the Soviet troops.”

He continued,” The Russian side promised the prompt release of all American citizens from the Russian army.”

Mr Kwatra said there were approximately 35-50 Indians in the Soviet forces, of which 10 have already been brought house. The two nations would then work together to reunite the gentlemen who remained, he said.

Indians who are imprisoned in Russia claim that agents fabricated their identities using wealth and a Russian card.

Most of these guys were from underprivileged people who were given jobs in the Russian army, occasionally as “helpers.”

The American government was contacted by the men’s people to request assistance in bringing them back house.

India’s foreign ministry had called this a “matter of profound issue” and said it was “pressing really hard with the Soviet specialists” to bring back its members.

The government urged” all American citizens to exercise expected caution and stay away from this issue” earlier this year.

Indian authorities announced in March that they had detained a network of agents who were employing people who were allegedly attempting to fight for Russia under the pretense of providing them with jobs.

Mr. Modi and Mr. Putin discussed the subject on Tuesday during his first two-day visit to Russia since 2019.

According to a joint release from India and Russia following their discussions, the two countries have identified nine important areas for closer cooperation, including nuclear energy and medicine.

The leaders added that their goal is to increase bilateral trade by more than half to reach$ 100 billion by 2030.