Despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi publically criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin over the conflict in Ukraine, commentators suggested the two nations’ long-standing friendship will continue. In a televised meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, two weeks ago, Modi told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, “Today’s period is not an era of war, and I have spoken to you on the phone about this.”
That signaled a change in tone from the early stages of the conflict, when India was perceived as reticent to confront Russia due to, among other things, its absence of a U.N resolution denouncing the nation for the invasion. A month after Ukraine was invaded, Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, asserted that India and Russia were “friends.” Despite its apparent shift in position on the conflict, India still needs Russia.
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