Why US Believes India 'Has The Ability' To Urge President Putin To End Ukraine War

The United States has reacted to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre on Tuesday said that "India's long-standing relationship with Russia gives it the ability to urge President Vladimir to end its war with Ukraine."
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Washington, DC: India's long-standing relationship with Russia gives it the ability to urge President Vladimir to end its war with Ukraine, said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre on Tuesday.
"We believe India's long-standing relationship with Russia gives it the ability to urge President Putin, to end his brutal war, an unprovoked war in Ukraine...India is a strategic partner with whom we engage in full and frank dialogue, including their relationship with Russia and we've talked about this before," said Jean Pierre.
"It's critical that all countries, including India, support efforts to realize an enduring and just peace when it comes to Ukraine. It is for President Putin to end. President Putin started the war, and he can end the war," the White House Press Secretary added.
Jeane Pierre made these remarks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Putin that the "death of innocent children was painful and terrifying, a day after a lethal strike on a children's hospital in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised India's efforts to find ways to resolve Ukraine crisis as he held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His remark came as PM Modi reiterated that India favours peace and "war is not the solution" in a bold message as innocent people continue to lose their lives amid the ongoing strikes in Ukraine.
Putin said, "Russia-India relations at present constitute a special and privileged strategic partnership. Last year, trade between Russia and India grew by 66%, and added another 20% in the first quarter of 2024."
He added, "Russia and India cooperate closely in the international arena, including within international institutions, primarily the UN and organizations like the SCO and BRICS."
"I appreciate the attention you pay to the most pressing issues, including your efforts to find ways to resolve the Ukraine crisis, primarily through peaceful means," the Russian President acknowledged after PM Modi's "war not the solution" remark at the same meeting.
PM Modi reiterated that 'war is not the solution", and made it clear that "India wants peace." The message comes at a time when the Ukraine war is still underway, two years after the Russian President launched a military invasion.
"I am happy that we could discuss about the war in Ukraine with an open mind, and we listened to each other's thoughts on the war with great respect," the PM said during the bilateral talks with Putin in Moscow on Tuesday.
He said, "Be it war, conflicts, terror attacks - everyone who believes in humanity is pained when there is loss of lives. But when innocent children are murdered, when we see innocent children dying, it is heart-wrenching. That pain is immense. I also held a detailed discussion with you over this."
"...For restoration of peace, India is ready to cooperate in all ways...I assure you and the world community that India is in favour of peace. Listening to my friend Putin talk about peace yesterday, gives me hope. I would like to say to my media friends - Possible."

How Ukrainian President Zelenskyy Reacted to PM Modi's Moscow Visit

PM Modi's visit to Russia comes less than a month after his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the G7 summit. This is also PM Modi's first visit to Russia since the conflict between Moscow and Kyiv began in 2022.
The meeting did not go down well with Ukraine as President Zelenskyy termed it a "huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts". Zelensky's remarks came on a day a Russian missile struck a children's hospital in Kyiv, killing 29 people.
Zelenskyy said in a post on X, "It is a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts to see the leader of the world’s largest democracy hug the world’s most bloody criminal in Moscow on such a day."
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