The leaders of Turkey and India called Putin for an end to the war in Ukraine during an international summit on Friday, and the Russian leader vowed to end the conflict “as soon as possible”.
During a two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit with eastern allies in Uzbekistan, Vladimir Putin promised his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that he would do everything in his power to end Moscow’s attack on Ukraine.
“I know [where] “You stand up for the conflict in Ukraine and the concerns you have expressed over and over again,” he told Modi. “We will do everything we can to finish this as quickly as possible.”
“Unfortunately, the other side, the Ukrainian leadership rejected the negotiation process and stated that it wanted to achieve its goals by military means on the battlefield,” he added.
Ukraine, for its part, blamed Russia for the current failure to bring a peaceful end to the war.
Seven months into the war, Putin is seeking new trade deals in the wake of a raft of Western sanctions that have hit the Russian economy hard. However, the Russian prime minister is facing a difficult political situation, with his partners expressing concerns about the ongoing conflict.
“Our era is not the age of war,” said Indian Prime Minister Modi. “And we’ve talked many times on the phone that democracy, diplomacy, dialogue, all of these things are likely to have an impact on the world.”
However, Putin also spoke to reporters on Friday after attending the summit and said that the “liberation” of the entire eastern Donbass region remained his country’s main military objective and that he did not see the need to review it.
“We are not in a hurry,” he said, adding that Moscow has only deployed volunteer soldiers to fight in Ukraine.
Some hard-line politicians and military bloggers in Russia have urged the Kremlin to follow Ukraine’s example and order a massive mobilization to strengthen its ranks, lamenting the shortage of manpower in the country.
Putin also met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday to discuss strengthening economic cooperation and regional issues, including the July agreement brokered by Turkey and the United Nations on Ukraine’s grain shipments.
Erdogan called for an end to the war in Ukraine “as soon as possible through diplomatic channels.”
During a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday, Putin thanked his Chinese counterpart for his “balanced stance” on Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, while promising “explanations” in the face of his “concerns” – without specifying what exactly they were. .
It was Xi’s first trip abroad since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is aimed at helping cement his position as a key leader ahead of the Chinese Communist Party’s congress in October, during which he will seek a new term.