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Modi's Moscow visit 'devastating' for peace efforts: Zelensky

By AFP

July 9, 2024 04:41 PM


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President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday slammed a visit to Russia by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that coincided with a deadly Russian strike on a Kyiv children's hospital.

"It is a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts to see the leader of the world's largest democracy hug the world's most bloody criminal in Moscow on such a day," Zelensky wrote in a message on social media.

US urges Modi to raise Ukraine 'sovereignty' with Putin

The United States called Monday on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to emphasize Ukraine's territorial integrity as he met in Russia with President Vladimir Putin on the eve of a NATO summit in Washington.

"We would urge India, as we do any country which engages with Russia, to make clear that any resolution to the conflict in Ukraine needs to be one that respects the UN Charter with respect to Ukraine's territorial integrity, Ukraine's sovereignty," State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters.

"India is a strategic partner with whom we engage in a full and frank dialogue, and that includes on our concerns about the relationship with Russia," he said.

Miller said, however, that he was unaware of specific conversations with India about Modi's visit to Russia.

The United States has built strong relations with India, seeing it as a powerful partner in the face of the rise of China, with President Joe Biden inviting Modi for a state visit a year ago.

India has a longstanding relationship with Moscow dating to the Cold War and has refused to join Western sanctions over the Ukraine war, instead turning to Russia for discounted energy imports.


AFP


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