Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the war in Ukraine during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan has caught the attention of major international media.
“Today’s era is not one of war and I told you about it on the call. Today we will have the opportunity to talk about how we can progress on the path of peace. India and Russia have been together for several decades,” Prime Minister Modi told Putin, expressing concern over the impact of the war on food and energy security. “We have talked on the phone several times about the bilateral relations between India and Russia and various issues. We should find ways to solve the problems of food, energy security and fertilizers. I want to thank Russia and Ukraine for helping us evacuate our students from Ukraine,” he added.
International media praised the diplomatic acumen of Prime Minister Modi, who in a friendly tone conveyed the concerns of the global community to his longtime friend Russia.
US publication -CNN hailed Prime Minister Modi’s grip on world politics and reported “Indian leader Narendra Modi tells Putin: Now is not the time for war”
While another US publication from the Washington Post headlined “Modi berates Putin over Ukraine war”.
“India’s leader tells Putin this is not an era for war,” the New York Times said in its headline.
It was the lead article on the Washington Post and New York Times webpage.
Meanwhile, Japan’s leading publication, NHK, ran the headline, “Indian PM Modi tells Putin to seek peace”, while the leading Hong Kong-based daily, the South China Morning Post, reported: This is “not no time for war,” Indian Modi told Russian Putin who vowed to “end this as soon as possible.”
Other publications like Politico reported; ‘India’s Modi tells Putin this is ‘not the era of war’ and the headlines in American newspapers were ‘Indian Prime Minister Modi tells Putin of Russia now’ This is not an era of war”.
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine in February this year.
The statements were made by Prime Minister Modi during a face-to-face meeting on Friday, on the sidelines of a regional summit, and highlighted Russia’s growing isolation in the diplomatic arena. They came just a day after Putin admitted China had “questions and concerns” about the invasion.
Responding to Prime Minister Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he knows India’s position on the Ukraine conflict and “we want this all over as soon as possible”.
“I know your position on the Ukrainian conflict. I know your concerns. We want this all to end as soon as possible,” Putin said.
“But the other side, the leadership of Ukraine, claimed…that they refused to engage in the negotiation process. They said they wanted to achieve their goals, as they say, on the battlefield militarily. We will keep you updated on everything that happens there,” he added.
“The rare rebuke showed the 69-year-old Russian strongman was under extraordinary pressure from all sides,” the Post said.
Putin said that relations between Russia and India are of the nature of a privileged strategic partnership and continue to develop very rapidly.
“We actively engage on international platforms. We discuss international issues. Sometimes those issues are not very good news…” he said.
The meeting comes as heavy shelling continues in areas of southern and eastern Ukraine that have been retaken from Russian forces. Ukrainian officials said they discovered at least 440 graves at a mass burial site in the town of Izium in the recently liberated Kharkiv region. (ANI)