When the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, travelled to Uzbekistan this week for a leader’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) he would not have had in his mind what the western media was going to say in either the meeting or his bi-laterals. Interest was there no doubt in Modi’s meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin especially in the context of a war in Ukraine that is now going on for the last seven months.
And the Indian leader was pretty blunt in his of the conflict. “… today’s era is not an era of war and I have spoken to you on the phone about this”, Modi told Putin stressing among other things that security of food, fertilizer and fuel are major global concerns. “I know your position on the conflict in Ukraine, the concerns that you constantly express. We will do everything to stop this as soon as possible,” Putin is said to have replied.