Putin loses yet another ally as India rebukes Russian leader over war

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have directly rebuffed Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, telling the Russian President now is not the time for war. Speaking at a meeting in Uzbekistan, the Indian Prime Minister openly criticised Russia’s war on Ukraine and expressed his disapproval of Putin’s operations. Mr Modi added the way forward in the conflict is peace, rebuking Putin for waging the war.

A CNN news anchor introduced his news segment, saying: “The leader of one of Russia’s most important trading partners has openly rebuked Vladimir Putin over the war in Ukraine. 

“During a televised meeting in Uzbekistan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: ‘Now is not the time for war.’

“It’s the latest sign that even nations with strong ties with Moscow are questioning the invasion.”

CNN later played a clip of the meeting, with Narendra Modi telling Putin: “It is not an era of war. 

“And I have spoken to you many times over the phone on this issue that democracy, diplomacy and dialogue are all the things that make it clear to the world that in the coming days, how can we move on the path of peace.”

India had so far remained neutral and not explictly expressed its views on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

New Delhi had refused to publicly blame Moscow for the crisis, while also emphasising India’s traditional respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

Narendra Modi abstained on UN votes condemning Russia’s invasion.

But his latest meeting with Vladimir Putin appears to show India distancing itself from Russia. 

Mr Modi’s disapproval came only a day after Putin publicly admitted that Chinese President Xi Jinping raised “questions” and “concerns” over the war.

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Mr Modi and Mr Xi’s comments come after Russian troops have retreated from the northeastern Kharkiv region.

Ukrainian troops have carried out a successful counteroffensive, pushing back the Russian troops from the region.

In an intelligence report, the British Ministry of Defence questioned whether Russian frontline forces have “sufficient reserves or adequate morale” to withstand another concerted assault in the east of the country.

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