Phone call between Ukrainian president and India PM Narendra Modi comes as India is seeking to strengthen trade relations with Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he has sought India’s help with implementing a “peace formula” in a phone call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The conversation on Monday came at a time when India is seeking to strengthen trade relations with Moscow while Western nations introduce new measures to limit Russia’s funding of its war in Ukraine.

“I had a phone call with PM Narendra Modi and wished a successful G20 presidency,” Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter.

“It was on this platform that I announced the peace formula and now I count on India’s participation in its implementation.” he added

Zelenskyy asked the Group of 20 (G20) major economies last month to adopt Ukraine’s 10-point peace formula to end the war. India holds the G20 presidency for a year.

The Indian government said in statement that the two leaders discussed opportunities for strengthening cooperation.

“The prime minister explained the main priorities of India’s G20 presidency, including giving a voice to the concerns of developing nations on issues like food and energy security,” it said.