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Modi criticizes Russia's war in Ukraine in front of Putin

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  • Modi outspokenly criticized Russia’s war in Ukraine during a meeting with Putin on Friday.
  • “Today’s times are not times of war. I spoke on the phone about this,” Modi said.
  • “I understand your concerns. We want all this to end as soon as possible,” Putin told Modi.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in Uzbekistan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit on Friday, and criticized Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“I know today’s times are not times of war. I spoke about this on the phone,” Modi told Putin, according to Reuters.

Putin said to the Indian leader, “I know your position regarding the conflict in Ukraine and I know your concerns. We hope that all this will end as soon as possible. I am,” he said.

The Russian president’s remarks to his Indian counterpart echoed comments the day before to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Russia’s unilateral war in Ukraine. “I highly appreciate the balanced stance of our Chinese friends on the Ukraine crisis,” he said.

“I understand your questions and concerns in this regard,” Putin added. “Of course, at today’s meeting we will elaborate on our position on this issue, but we have spoken about this before.”

China and India have close ties to Moscow and continue to buy oil, gas and coal as the West moves to cut purchases, but foreign policy experts and Russian watchers is related to the war in Ukraine.

“Putin, devastated on the battlefield, is also devastated on the conference floor. , doesn’t require much clairvoyance. Russia’s and Putin’s astonishing erosion Hal Brands, professor of international affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, said: said in a tweet.

“Nobody likes a loser. He’s losing in Ukraine right now,” former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said on MSNBC on Thursday.

Putin’s “as soon as possible” is simply rhetoric to appease trade partners. Putin seeks to legitimize the aggression as a war of necessity, rightfully conquest of Russian territory in an apt attempt at a diplomatic solution that Western diplomats see as a facade. Inside Russia, officials have accused those protesting and calling the effort war – Putin has made it illegal to spread “fake news” about the military. – The number of casualties is despite the US estimating as many as 80,000 troops.

Russia has suffered devastating troop losses in Ukraine, whose troops were recently forced to withdraw in the east of the country as a result of ferocious Ukrainian counterattacks, and broader efforts to retake territories in the south have gained momentum. Meanwhile, Russia has been widely accused of war crimes as it faces devastating economic sanctions over the war. The war triggered an energy crisis and contributed to rising global inflation.

“I think what you are hearing from China and India reflects concerns around the world about the impact of a Russian aggression not only on the people of Ukraine, but on Ukraine,” said US Secretary of State Antony Brinken. told reporters on Friday. According to Al Jazeera, it added, “I think there will be more pressure to end the aggression against Russia.”