Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent comments about the Ukraine conflict garnered appreciation from world leaders for his at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. French President Emmanuel Macron praising the Indian prime minister’s statement to the Russian leader said New Delhi’s stance was right.
“Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India was right when he said the time is not for war. It is not for revenge against the West, or for opposing the West against the east. It is the time for a collective time for our sovereign equal states. To cope together with challenges we face,” said Macron at the ongoing 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, according to the news agency ANI.
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During a bilateral talk on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leader’s Summit, Prime Minister Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin that “today’s era is not of war”.
PM Modi told Putin: “Today’s era is not of war and I have spoken to you about it on the call. Today we will get the opportunity to talk about how we can progress on the path of peace. India and Russia have stayed together with each other for several decades.”
In response to Modi, Putin said that he knows about India’s position on the Ukraine conflict and “we want all of this to end as soon as possible”.
‘Statement Of Principle’
The US also supported PM Modi’s views on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. Referring to the dialogue between India and Russia dignitaries during the SCO summit, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Tuesday said it was a “statement of principle.”
“I think what Prime Minister Modi said — a statement of principle on behalf of what he believes is right and just — was very much welcomed by the United States and for the Indian leadership, which has longstanding relationships in Moscow, from the very top all the way through the Russian government, to continue to reinforce that message that now is the time for the war to end,” said Sullivan quoting the statement released by White House, reported news agency ANI.
Sullivan cautioned Russia about the conflict saying, “And the way this war should end is for Russia to abide by the basic terms of the UN Charter and to return the territories that it has seized by force. This is a message that every country, however they feel about Russia, Ukraine, or the United States, everyone should be able to centre around this basic proposition: You cannot conquer your neighbour’s territory by force, and peace will come fastest and most decisively to Ukraine if Russia abandons that effort.”