Russia-Ukraine crisis: US welcomes Modi telling Putin ‘is no longer an era of war’ – Reuters

All countries should follow the principle that you cannot conquer your neighbor’s territory by force: US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan



By Reuters

Published: Wed Sep 21, 2022 11:54 AM

Last update: Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:13 PM

The United States welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment to Russian President Vladimir Putin that now was not the time for war, New Delhi’s sharpest public response to Ukraine’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia.

Modi had spoken regularly to Putin since the fighting began in February, seeking dialogue and peace talks, but without publicly condemning the fight. India’s biggest defense supplier for years, Russia is now also a big supplier of oil and coal.

“I think what Prime Minister Modi has said – a statement of principle in the name of what he believes to be fair and just – has been very well received by the United States,” the US adviser said on Tuesday. National Security Jake Sullivan at a press conference.

All countries should follow the principle that you cannot conquer your neighbor’s territory by force, he added.

“We would like to see every country in the world take up this cause,” Sullivan said.

“They can do it publicly if they want. They can do it privately if they want. But sending this clear and unequivocal message to Moscow right now is the most vital thing I think we can do. collectively to produce peace in this region.”

On the sidelines of a conference in Uzbekistan on Friday, Modi told Putin: “Today’s era is not an era of war, and I told you about it on the phone,” and added that democracy , diplomacy and dialogue held the world together.

Putin replied that he knew Modi’s concerns over the dispute, adding, “We will do everything to stop this as soon as possible.”

Scores of US diplomats and officials have visited India since the crisis began to try to convince the South Asian nation’s leaders to gradually move away from reliance on Russia in defense and development. other areas.

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