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The Samarkand summit and beyond

Sanity must prevail--- the imperative is the sanctity of Ukraine’s territorial borders along with the legitimate security interests of Russia. Anything short of these will be non-starters

PM attends the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16, 2022. (Source: PIB)

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.

PM arrives at Samarkand, Uzbekistan to take part in SCO Summit, on September 15, 2022. (Source: PIB)

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.

PM in a bilateral meeting with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16, 2022. (Source: PIB)

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