Blinken: Putin is under pressure from China and India to end the war

Antony Blinken believes that Vladimir Putin is “under pressure” from China and India to end the war in Ukraine. The US Secretary of State made such a conclusion after the talks between the Russian president and Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping.

I believe that what we are hearing from China and India reflects fears around the world about the impact of Russian aggression on Ukraine not only in terms of the Ukrainian people – said the head of US diplomacy, stressing that “this is increasing pressure on Russia to end its aggression”.

Blinken thus referred to Putin’s meetings with Modi and Xi in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

This is not the time for a war Modi said to Putin, stressing the importance of “democracy, diplomacy and dialogue.” In response, the Russian president assured the Indian prime minister that he wanted to end the conflict in Ukraine “as soon as possible” and admitted that he understood India’s “concerns”.

I know your position on the conflict in Ukraine, your fears (…) We will do everything to make it end as soon as possible Putin declared.

In turn, Xi said during his speech in Samarkand that “humanity is at a crossroads and has to face unprecedented challenges”.

We must jointly oppose interference in the internal affairs of other countries under any pretext and firmly hold our future and the destiny of our countries in our hands said the Chinese leader.

Putin, in turn, told reporters that his meeting with Xi Jinping on Thursday was “normal”. However, as AFP writes, Putin thanked the Chinese leader for his “balanced position” on Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and promised him “explanations” to allay his “concerns”.

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