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COPENHAGEN [Denmark]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday discussed the war in Ukraine with the Danish PM Mette Frederiksen during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between India and Denmark in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Danish PM Mette Frederiksen, at the Community Reception in Copenhagen on Tuesday. (ANI Photo/Narendra Modi Twitter)

“We share many values. We are two democratic nations, we both believe in a rule-based international system. In times such as these, we need to build an even stronger bridge between us. As close partners, we also discussed the war in Ukraine,” said Frederiksen.

Talking about the Bucha killings, she stressed for an independent investigation. Hundreds of civilians were found dead on the streets in Bucha, beside their homes, and in mass graves. Ukraine has accused Russia of the massacre in Bucha. However, Russia has denied the allegations and claimed that it is Ukrainian propaganda.

“We discussed the consequences of horrible crimes committed against civilians and the serious humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The reports on the killings of civilians in Bucha are deeply shocking. We have condemned these killings and we stress the need for an independent investigation,” said the Danish PM.

Russian forces launched military operations in Ukraine on February 24, three days after Moscow recognized Ukraine’s breakaway regions – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent entities.

“Denmark and the entire European Union strongly condemn Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. My message is very clear, Russian President Vladimir Putin got to stop this war and end the killings. I, of course, hope that India will influence Russia in this discussion,” added Frederiksen.

Copenhagen: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries his hand on beating a drum during Community Reception, in Copenhagen on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

Several countries including the UK, the US, Canada, and the European Union have condemned Russia’s military operations in Ukraine and imposed sanctions on Moscow. These countries have also promised to help Ukraine with military aid to fight Russia.

Welcoming PM Modi to Denmark, Frederiksen said that both countries share a strong relationship. “Thank You so much. First of all, once again, a very warm welcome to Denmark, His Excellency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I had a very productive meeting today. The relations between our two countries are very strong. PM Modi, I deeply appreciate this important meeting,” said the Danish PM.

PM Modi and his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen held delegation-level talks in Copenhagen today to review progress in the Green Strategic Partnership between the two countries.

Nine agreements signed

India and Denmark on Tuesday signed nine agreements during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the European nation.

The signing of the agreements was witnessed by PM Modi and his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the nine agreements include letter of intent between the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, GOI and the Ministry of Business, Industry and Financial Affairs of Denmark on Centre of Excellence in Green Shipping.

A Declaration of Intent (DoI) on Migration and Mobility was also signed.

Copenhagen: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Danish PM Mette Frederiksen during a Delegation level talks, in Copenhagen on Tuesday. (ANI Photo/Arindam Bagchi Twitter)

Both sides also signed Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) between the Ministry of Culture, GoI and Ministry of Culture of Denmark for the years 2022-2026.

The MEA said that the letter of intent (LoI) between Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Ministry of Environment of Denmark was also signed between the two countries.

They also signed MoU on Cooperation in the field of Skill Development, Vocational Education and Entrepreneurship.

Agreements on Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) on Cooperation in the fields of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, and Launch of Energy Policy Dialogue at Ministerial level, were also inked.

Denmark PM shows PM Modi Pattachitra painting

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen gave a tour of her residence to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and showed the Pattachitra painting gifted by PM Modi during her last India visit that is adorning her home.

“India’s soft power and Odisha’s treasure in the form of Pattachitra painting adorns the Denmark PM HE Frederiksen’s residence. She gave a tour of her residence to Hon. PM @narendramodi ji and showed the painting gifted by PM Modi during her last India visit. Proud moment!” Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted.

The Prime Minister held one-to-one conversations and delegation-level talks with the Danish PM to boost the India-Denmark friendship. After the conclusion level talks, the two sides also signed seven agreements.

PM Modi’s Denmark visit started shortly after concluding his Berlin visit on Tuesday.

During his one-day Germany visit, PM Modi met with German chancellor Olaf Scholz. This was their first engagement since Chancellor Scholz assumed office in December 2021. (ANI)