Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on Friday that now was not the time for war, directly assailing the Kremlin chief in public over the nearly seven-month-long conflict in Ukraine.
Locked in a confrontation with the West over the war, Mr Putin has repeatedly said Russia is not isolated because it can look eastwards to major Asian powers such as China and India.
Had a wonderful meeting with President Putin. We got the opportunity to discuss furthering India-Russia cooperation in sectors such as trade, energy, defence and more. We also discussed other bilateral and global issues. pic.twitter.com/iHW5jkKOW0
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 16, 2022
India has become Russia’s No. 2 oil buyer after China as others have cut purchases following the invasion, that started on February 24.
“I know that today’s era is not an era of war, and I have spoken to you on the phone about this,” President Modi told Vladimir Putin at a televised meeting in the ancient Uzbek Silk Road city of Samarkand.
Today's era is not that of war, PM Modi tells Prez Putin during bilateral meet on the sidelines of SCO Samarkand Summit pic.twitter.com/COvQnB4wxH
— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) September 16, 2022
In turn, the Russian strongman said that he understood the Indian PM had concerns about Ukraine, however, Moscow was doing everything it could to end the conflict. He claimed that Ukraine had rejected negotiations.
NOW – Russia's Putin tells India's Modi on Ukraine: "We want all of this to end as soon as possible." pic.twitter.com/L08vdHPBIx
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) September 16, 2022
He also told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday he understood that Xi had concerns about the situation in Ukraine but praised Beijing’s leader for a “balanced” position on the conflict.
Ukraine has said it will fight until it drives all Russian troops from its land. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that he will never accept a “peace” that allows Russia to keep Ukrainian land.
China still hard on democracy
On his first trip outside China since early 2020, Xi Jinping did not mention the war in Ukraine in public.
Instead, the Chinese leader said the world had entered a new period of turmoil and that partners such as Putin and Central Asian leaders should prevent foreign powers from instigating “colour revolutions”.
#China's Xi Jinping said that the world had entered a new period of turbulence and that partners such as #Russian President Vladimir #Putin and CentralAsian leaders should prevent foreign powers from instigating "colour revolutions".https://t.co/9bAXyvRe40
— TVP World (@TVPWorld_com) September 16, 2022
China’s stability-obsessed Communist Party is likely to give Xi Jinping a third leadership term next month and cement his place as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
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