Samarkand: Russian President Vladimir Putin told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that he fully understood the concerns raised by him, while also noting that Ukraine wants war and the many months of military conflict between the two countries. Has refused to be part of talks to end. President Putin told PM Modi on the sidelines of the SCO meeting that he is “aware of India’s concerns over the Ukraine conflict” and that “Russia will do everything possible to end it at the earliest.”
“I know about your position on the conflict in Ukraine. I know about your concerns. I know you share these concerns and we all want this to end as soon as possible,” Putin said. said in his inaugural speech on television. meeting.
The Russian president said Ukraine had refused to engage in the negotiation process and wanted to achieve “its objectives militarily on the battlefield”. “We will keep you informed of everything that happens there,” Putin told PM Modi.
PM Modi earlier implored Putin to end conflict in Ukraine, saying “today’s era is not of war” even as he called for finding ways to address the global food and energy security crisis did.
PM Modi also underlined the importance of democracy, dialogue and diplomacy during his bilateral meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in this Silk Road city.
“The biggest concern facing the world today, especially for developing countries, is food security, fuel security, fertilisers,” Modi said in his inaugural address.
In response, Putin told PM Modi that Ukraine had refused to engage in the dialogue process and wanted to “militarily achieve its objectives on the battlefield”. “We will keep you informed of everything that happens there,” Putin told PM Modi.
After the meeting, PM Modi described the talks as “amazing”. “Great meeting with President Putin. We had the opportunity to discuss furthering India-Russia cooperation in trade, energy, defense and other areas. We also discussed other bilateral and global issues,” he tweeted.
In his inaugural address, President Putin said relations between India and Russia are developing “very rapidly” and both sides are actively engaged in international forums on key issues. “It is important that we constantly coordinate our position,” he said.
In his remarks, PM Modi expressed concern over food security, energy security and fertilizer supply and said “we have to find ways and you have to consider that too.” The Prime Minister said that he is grateful to Russia and Ukraine for helping rescue Indian students from different regions of Ukraine at an early stage of the conflict.
In the past few months, India has increased imports of subsidized crude from Russia despite growing unease over it by several Western powers. India’s crude oil imports from Russia have increased more than 50 times since April and now account for 10 per cent of all crude purchased from abroad.
Last month, Russian Ambassador Denis Alipov had said that Russia appreciates India for not supporting efforts to isolate it in multilateral fora and that bilateral trade between the two countries is growing. India has not yet condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has maintained that the crisis should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.