Washington. US media on Friday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for telling Russian President Vladimir Putin that it is not the time to go to war in Ukraine. The talks between Modi and Putin in Samarkand, Uzbekistan were given wide coverage by mainstream US media.
The Washington Post titled, “Modi reprimands Putin for war in Ukraine.” The daily wrote, “Modi gives a surprising public rebuke to Putin, saying: ‘The modern era is not the era of war and I have spoken to you on the phone about it.
Putin said that Russia would strive to stop the war in Ukraine “as soon as possible” but then blamed Ukraine for refusing to negotiate, though Putin ordered the invasion and his troops are still occupying a large swatch of Ukrainian territory.
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“This rare condemnation has put the 69-year-old Russian leader under immense pressure from all sides,” it said. Putin told Modi, “I know your stand on the conflict in Ukraine, I am aware of your concerns, which you keep talking about time and again. We are trying our best to stop it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the opposition Ukraine’s leadership announced its withdrawal from the negotiation process, saying it wanted to achieve its goal through military means, that is, ‘on the battlefield’. Nevertheless, we will keep you informed about what is happening there.”
It was the headline of the webpages of ‘The Washington Post’ and ‘The New York Times’. The New York Times captioned it, “India’s leader tells Putin this is not a time of war.” He wrote, “The tone of the meeting was friendly and the two leaders referred to their long shared history. Before Modi made the remarks, Putin said he understood India’s concerns about the war in Ukraine. “Modi made the remarks a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first one-on-one meeting with Putin after the Ukraine attack. Jinping adopted a more calm tone than the Russian president and tried to avoid mentioning Ukraine in his public statements.