Russian President Vladimir Putin to Prime Minister Modi on the Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he is aware of India’s concerns over his country’s conflict with Ukraine and wants the war to end.

During the bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the 2022 SCO summit in Samarkand, Putin reportedly said on Friday: “I know your position on the conflict in Ukraine and I know your concerns. We want this all over as soon as possible. We’ll keep you posted on what’s going on there.

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The Russian president said this after Modi told him that “today is not the time for war”. It was the first face-to-face meeting between Modi and Putin after Russia attacked Ukraine in February this year.

It is learned that the two leaders discussed bilateral, regional and global issues. Besides the Ukraine crisis, it is likely that they also discussed defense trade agreements between Russia and India.

According to media reports, Prime Minister Modi told Vladimir Putin during their meeting that “this is no longer the era of war”. The Russian president also acknowledged the concerns raised by the Indian prime minister and said he wanted to end this war “as soon as possible”.

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In addition, Prime Minister Modi also delivered his speech at the SCO meeting, emphasizing key issues such as the distress of global markets caused by the Russian-Ukrainian war and the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the global energy and food crisis.

“The SCO should strive to develop reliable, resilient and diverse supply chains in our region. For that, better connectivity will be needed, and it will also be important that we grant each other full transit rights,” the Indian Prime Minister said during his address to world leaders.

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Christi C. Elwood