French President Emmanuel Macron said at the ongoing 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was right when he said that the time is not for war.
“Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India was right when he said that the time is not for war. This is not for taking revenge against the West, or opposing the West against the East. This is collective for our sovereign. It is time for the same states. To meet the challenges before us,” he said.
The statement came in the context of talks between PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, where the former said, “Today’s era is not of war and I have spoken to you on the call about it. Today we need to talk about it.” We will get an opportunity to see how we can. Progress on the path of peace. India and Russia have been with each other for many decades.”
The Prime Minister said this during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
“We talked many times over the phone about India-Russia bilateral relations and various issues. We should find ways to solve the problems of food, fuel security and fertilizer. I would like to help Russia to help us evacuate our students from Ukraine. And want to thank Ukraine,” PM Modi added.
Responding to PM Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was aware of India’s position on the Ukraine conflict and “we want this to end as soon as possible.”
“I know about your position on the Ukraine conflict. I know about your concerns. We want this to end as soon as possible,” Putin said.
“But the other party, the leadership of Ukraine, has claimed … that they refuse to engage in the negotiation process. They want to achieve their objectives, as they say, on the battlefield. . We will keep you informed of everything. It is happening there,” he said.
“The rare disdain shows the 69-year-old Russian strongman coming under extraordinary pressure from all sides,” Post said.
Putin said that relations between Russia and India are in the nature of a privileged strategic partnership and are developing very rapidly.
“We are actively engaging in international forums. We are discussing international issues. Sometimes these issues are something which is not very good news,” he said.
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