Blinken says China and India’s concerns about Putin’s war in Ukraine increase “pressure on Russia to end the aggression.”


“I think what you’re seeing is just an indication that this attack was an attack on the interests of people all over the planet,” Blinken said at a news conference at the State Department.

As the West has worked to isolate Vladimir Putin over his country’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russian president has turned to nations like China.

However, in a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday, Putin acknowledged Beijing’s “questions and concerns” about the war, which Russia continues to call a “special military operation”.

And in a striking rebuke on Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had remained silent on the issue, told the Russian president that “today is not a time of war.”

“We have talked to you many times on the phone about democracy and diplomacy and dialogue and all these things that touch the world,” Modi told Putin in Uzbekistan.

Putin told the Kremlin to the Indian leader: “I know your position on the conflict in Ukraine, the concerns you constantly express. We will do everything to end all this as soon as possible.”

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Friday that she believes the relationship between Moscow and Beijing is one of “comfort,” not necessarily one of trust or one that will combine efforts on all things.

“This isn’t a perfect marriage in every way, shape, and form, but they’re definitely going to work together, but they’re also going to work together to get benefits,” Sherman said in an interview with Washington Post Live.

“It was quite interesting that President Putin made a statement that he knew he had concerns about what Xi Jinping was doing in Ukraine,” he said. “Very interesting for Putin to say that.”

Sherman said he is “sure that Xi Jinping is looking for an advantage as Russia continues its provocative, premeditated and terrifying invasion of the sovereign country of Ukraine.”

“Xi Jinping has constantly talked about sovereignty and territorial integrity, so this is not consistent with the principles he wants for his views, whether it’s Hong Kong or Tibet or Taiwan,” he said.

Blinken said Friday that Russia’s war is “not only an attack on Ukraine and its people, but an attack on the principles of international relations that help maintain peace and security.”

According to him, the war in Ukraine is a violation of the UN charter, and he called Russia “the first violator of the charter”.

“And, of course, all the implications of that, including food insecurity, among other things. We’ve spent a lot of time, a lot of attention, in the last few months trying to address the food security challenges. The Russian attack made it so much worse. If we already had Covid, the food “We also had climate change that was having major impacts on insecurity. Added to that conflict, we now have over 200 million people who are severely food insecure,” Blinken said.

“This is something that the leaders of countries around the world feel, because their people feel it. And so, and I think it increases the pressure on Russia to end the aggression,” he said.

CNN’s Uliana Pavlova and Rishabh Pratap contributed to this report.