Putin says he wants to end the conflict in Ukraine “as soon as possible”

Modi criticizes the Russian president that “this is not the time for a war”

MADRID, 16 (EUROPE PRESS)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow is doing “everything it can” to conclude “as soon as possible” the war in Ukraine, which began in February with a military invasion ordered by Putin himself.

The Russian president has acknowledged before the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the latter’s “concerns” about a conflict that, at least for now, shows no signs of ending in the short term. Russia has in recent weeks lost control of thousands of square kilometers in eastern Ukraine.

Putin has claimed that it is “the other side”, the Ukrainian, which rejects the negotiations in the hope of winning “on the battlefield”, according to the TASS news agency. The Russian president has promised to keep Modi informed of how the conflict is evolving.

The Indian prime minister, for his part, has told Putin that “this is not the time for a war”, in statements captured by the media attending the start of the meeting, according to the Bloomberg news agency.

The Government of India has been ambiguous in its assessment of the war in Ukraine and has avoided direct criticism of Russia, limiting itself to advocating diplomacy as a way to resolve the conflict.

Putin and Modi have met at the summit of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Samarkand (Uzbekistan), where the Russian president has also met with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and with the Chinese, Xi Jinping.

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