Russia’s war in Ukraine: live updates

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16. (Sergei Bobylev/Pool/Sputnik/AP)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin that “now is not a time for war” in what appeared to be a direct rebuttal to the Ukraine invasion in a face-to-face meeting today.

“I know that today is not a time of war and we have talked to you many times over the phone that democracy and diplomacy and dialogue are all these things that touch the world,” Modi told Putin at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. Samarkand, Uzbekistan, according to India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

“Today, without a doubt, we will have the opportunity to discuss how we can move towards peace in the coming days, I will also have the opportunity to understand your point of view,” he added during the meeting between the two leaders. on the edge of the peak.

“In the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the prime minister reiterated his call for an early cessation of hostilities and the need for dialogue and diplomacy,” the MEA said in a statement.

Modi and Putin “appreciated the momentum in bilateral ties, including contacts at various levels.”

They also discussed important issues of bilateral cooperation as well as issues of regional and global interest. Discussions also touched on world food security, energy security and the availability of fertilizers in the context of the challenges arising from the current geopolitical situation,” the statement said.

This year is the first time that Modi and Putin are meeting. “They agreed to stay in touch,” the statement said.

What the Kremlin says: In an earlier statement, the Kremlin said Putin had told Modi that Russia would “do everything” to end the conflict in Ukraine, and the Russian president said he supported the Indian leader’s “concerns”.

During a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, Putin also acknowledged China’s “questions and concerns” about the conflict in Ukraine.