SAMARKAND: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday that now was not the time for war directly attacking the Kremlin chief in public over the nearly seven-month conflict in Ukraine.
Putin has said that Russia is not isolated because it can look east to major Asian powers such as China and India.
But at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, concerns came to light.
“I know that today’s era is not an era of war, and I have spoken to you on the phone about this,” Modi told Putin at a televised meeting in Samarkand.
As Modi pointed out, Russia’s supreme leader since 1999 pursed his lips and looked at Modi. He then looked down before touching the hair on the back of his head.
Putin told Modi he understood the Indian leader had concerns about Ukraine. But Moscow was doing everything it could to end the conflict.
“I know his position on the conflict in Ukraine, the concerns he expresses,” Putin said. “We will do our best to stop this as soon as possible.”
He said Ukraine had rejected the negotiations. Ukraine has said it will fight until it expels all Russian troops from its land. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says he will never accept a “peace” that allows Russia to keep Ukrainian land.
India has become Russia’s No. 2 oil buyer after China, as others have reduced purchases after the invasion.
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