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New Delhi says Modi, Putin discussed energy, food markets

Indian PM urges dialogue and diplomacy to resolve Ukraine crisis

Modi and Putin discussed ways to encourage bilateral trade in agricultural goods, fertilizers and pharma products, as India keeps buying Russian oil.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone on Friday and discussed the state of global energy and food markets, Modi's office said in a statement, as India keeps buying Russian crude oil.

"They exchanged ideas on how bilateral trade in agricultural goods, fertilisers and pharma products could be encouraged further," the statement said. "The leaders also discussed global issues, including the state of the international energy and food markets."

The statement said Modi urged Putin to go for dialogue and diplomacy to resolve the Ukraine crisis.

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