Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar received a call on Tuesday from British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly in which both leaders discussed bilateral relations and the conflict in Ukraine.
“I received a call from UK Foreign Secretary @JamesCleverly. Discussed counter-terrorism, bilateral relations and the conflict in Ukraine,” Jaishankar tweeted.
The talks are taking place against the backdrop of the United Nations Security Council, which will hold a discussion on Ukraine’s “dirty bomb” threat.
“Great to speak with India’s Foreign Minister @DrSJaishankar today. We discussed the crisis between Russia and Ukraine and that the UK will challenge Russia’s rhetoric and accusations at the UN Security Council today,” Slim tweeted.
The US and other Western officials have rejected Moscow’s claim that Ukraine plans to use a so-called dirty bomb as a Russian false-flag operation, NewsMadura reported.
Russia’s claim this week that Ukraine could use a so-called “dirty bomb” on its own territory is seen by analysts as another attempt to scare Kiev supporters of nuclear escalation, if not as a pure and simple distraction. .
A “dirty bomb” is a conventional bomb laced with radioactive, biological, or chemical materials that are dispersed in an explosion.
The term is often used interchangeably with radiological dispersing device (RDD), a bomb where radioactive materials are used.
In a joint statement, the US, France and Britain — three of the other nuclear powers on the United Nations Security Council — said on Sunday that Russia’s claims were “transparently false”.
She and Kiev suspect that Russia could use a dirty bomb in a “false flag” attack, possibly to justify Moscow’s use of conventional nuclear weapons, as it is on the back foot in eastern and southern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military claims Russian forces are preparing for a “potential retreat” near a major river in Kherson, as Moscow-installed leaders in the southern region are stepping up their evacuation efforts in response to Kiev’s advancing counter-offensive, NewsMadura reported. .
Meanwhile, the pro-Moscow government said on Tuesday five people were injured in an explosion in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol in southern Ukraine.
“A car exploded near the ZaMedia media group building in Melitopol,” damaging the car and nearby residences, the local pro-Moscow administration said on Telegram.
“Five people were slightly injured, including employees of the media group. One was hospitalized,” the administration said.
Photos showed a gray building block with torn windows and burning debris on the ground.
There was no official confirmation or denial by Ukraine that its forces were responsible for the explosion.
But the Ukrainian government-in-exile Telegram channel showed pictures of an explosion.
It added: “This is what the heating in the buildings of collaborators and propagandists should look like! And it will get hotter”.
The international inspectors will visit two nuclear sites in Ukraine at Kiev’s request, the UN nuclear watchdog said. Ukraine’s foreign minister said Kiev “has nothing to hide”.