US says India can spur end to Ukraine war as Modi, Putin flaunt ties

The US said on Tuesday that India’s close ties with Russia provides it with the ability to urge President Vladimir Putin to end the ongoing war in Ukraine. The statement came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his two-day visit to Moscow, during which the two leaders flaunted their rapport.

White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre reiterated the importance of New Delhi’s role in promoting peace, stating, “India is a strategic partner with whom we engage in full and frank dialogue, including their relationship with Russia, and we’ve talked about this before. So we think it’s critical that all countries, including India, support efforts to realise an enduring and just peace when it comes to Ukraine.”

Jean-Pierre’s remarks came in the wake of PM Modi assuring the world community that India is committed to peace and is ready to cooperate in all possible ways to resolve the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

She further said, “We also believe India’s long-standing relationship with Russia gives it the ability to urge President Putin to end his brutal war, an unprovoked war in Ukraine. It is for President Putin to end. President Putin started the war, and he can end the war.”

During bilateral talks with Putin on Tuesday, PM Modi expressed his concerns over the human toll of the nearly 29-month-long war in Ukraine, particularly the loss of innocent lives. He said his heart “simply explodes” at the killing of innocent children, a day after a suspected Russian missile struck a children’s hospital in Kyiv.

Published By:

Devika Bhattacharya

Published On:

Jul 10, 2024

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