Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on September 16, 2022, told Russian President Vladimir Putin that today’s era is not an era of war. “We have spoken about this issue with you many times on the phone,” Mr. Modi continued, emphasizing the importance of democracy, diplomacy, and dialogue. He suggested aiding issues of food security, fuel security, and fertilizers as the most significant concern for the world, especially for developing countries.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit presented an opportunity for the first in-person meeting between the two leaders since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February. Mr. Putin admitted India’s concerns about the war in Ukraine. “I know about your position on the conflict in Ukraine, and I know about your concerns. We want all of this to end as soon as possible,” he told Modi. Mr. Modi conveyed gratitude to Russia and Ukraine for assisting New Delhi in evacuating thousands of Indian students from Ukraine early in the conflict.
Modi later tweeted that he had an extraordinary meeting with Mr. Putin, where they discussed furthering India-Russia cooperation in sectors such as trade, energy, defense, and more, adding that they also discussed other bilateral and global issues.
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