The Russian embassy in New Delhi tweeted that on Wednesday, Russia’s defence minister Sergey Shoigu talked on the phone with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh. They talked about Russia’s worries that Ukraine might use a “dirty bomb.”
“On October 26, 2022, the Defense Minister of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergei Shoigu, asked for a phone call with the Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh. During the telecon, the two Ministers talked about how their countries can work together on defence and how the situation in Ukraine is getting worse.
The Indian defence ministry said in a statement that Defense Minister Shoigu told the Raksha Mantri about the changing situation in Ukraine. He told the Raksha Mantri that he was worried that a “dirty bomb” could be used to start trouble.
🇷🇺☎️🇮🇳 On October 26, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, had a telephone conversation w/ Defence Minister of #India Rajnath Singh. They discussed situation in #Ukraine. Sergei Shoigu conveyed his concerns about possible provocations by Ukraine with the use of a ‘dirty bomb’. pic.twitter.com/QIWIoYnKzU
— Russia in India 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbIndia) October 26, 2022
The statement also said that Singh reaffirmed India’s view that dialogue and diplomacy are the best ways to end the conflict as soon as possible. “He said that no side should use the nuclear option because using nuclear or radiological weapons goes against the most basic principles of humanity,” it said.
Both Ministers said that they would keep in touch.
Reuters reported that Shoigu has talked to several NATO defence ministers by phone since Sunday about the same subject. Russia has said that Ukraine is planning to use a radioactive “dirty bomb.” Ukraine and its Western allies have denied this and are worried that Moscow is using this as an excuse to make the war worse.
The Kremlin said it would continue to “vigorously” argue to the rest of the world that it thought Ukraine planned to set off a “dirty bomb” with radioactive materials.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, told reporters that Russia wanted the rest of the world to take action.
Shoigu also called his Chinese counterpart to tell him about the warning from Moscow.