“Your Excellency, I know today is not the time for war,” Modi told Putin in Samarkand, as the two leaders began their first face-to-face meeting since Russia’s war in Ukraine began.
Footage of the talks between the two on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, was shown by Indian public broadcaster Doordashan.
India has shied away from taking sides on Russia’s war in Ukraine, partly because of its dependence on Moscow as its main arms supplier amid ongoing border tensions with neighboring China and Pakistan.
However, the South Asian nation voted against Russia on the issue for the first time in a procedural vote at the United Nations (UN) Security Council last week, which allowed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address the body via video link.
India has also delayed joint production of helicopters and halted another plan: to buy about 30 fighter jets from Russia.
Modi on Friday stressed the importance of “democracy, diplomacy and dialogue”.
The Indian prime minister added that they would discuss “how to move forward on the path of peace.”
V. Putin, in turn, told N. Modi that he wants the war in Ukraine to end as soon as possible and understands that India is worried about the fighting.
“I know your position on the conflict in Ukraine, your concerns… We will do everything to end it as soon as possible,” Putin said.
“Unfortunately, just the opposite side, the leadership of Ukraine, announced that they reject the negotiation process and stated that they want to achieve their goals by military means, on the battlefield,” V. Putin said.
Erdogan calls for an end to the war “as soon as possible”.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a regional summit Friday that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is also attending that he wants the war in Ukraine to end “as soon as possible.”
RT Erdogan, using his good working relationship with Moscow, is trying to convince Putin in Turkey to hold direct talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on a ceasefire.
At the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, RT Erdogan said Turkey was making diplomatic efforts to end the war.
“We are making efforts to end the conflicts in Ukraine through diplomacy as soon as possible,” he said.
RT Erdogan also echoed Putin’s concerns that grain shipped from Ukraine under a deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey is not reaching developing countries as much as it should.
“We are sincerely trying to get the grain to those who need it the most, especially our brothers and sisters in Africa,” the Turkish leader said.
NATO member Turkey supplies arms to Kyiv during the war in Ukraine, but at the same time tries to increase trade with Russia.
RT Erdogan insists that such a “balanced” stance is needed because Turkey is heavily dependent on energy supplies from Russia.