No Modi-Putin Meet This Year, Not Linked to Kyiv: Officials

10 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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There have been 21 yearly meetings that alternate between Russia and India. On December 6, 2021, the last summit took place in New Delhi.

According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be going to Russia this year for the yearly meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin due to “scheduling concerns.” This is happening against the backdrop of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, in which India has attempted to maintain a diplomatic balance between the two sides.

The highest level of institutionalised discourse in the strategic relationship between India and Russia takes place during the annual summit between the Indian Prime Minister and the Russian President.

There have been 21 yearly meetings that alternate between Russia and India. On December 6, 2021, the last summit took place in New Delhi.

Although the yearly summits began in 2000, the physical summit was unable to happen in 2020 owing to the Covid epidemic.

The summits typically take place inside a calendar year, but as 2022 is almost through, there won’t be an in-person summit this year either.

The most recent encounter between Modi and Putin took place on September 16 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, at the SCO Summit. This is not the time for conflict, Modi had said to Putin at the time, and the recent G20 Bali statement echoed that sentiment.

This week earlier, S. Jaishankar, minister of external affairs, stated in front of the legislature, “At Samarkand, Prime Minister reflected world mood when he remarked that this was not a moment of the war. His remarks were made in relation to the Ukraine issue, a situation in which we have consistently and firmly advocated for discussion and diplomacy. Additionally, it has a wider resonance. Additionally, we have provided help for particular issues including the availability of food grains and fertiliser as well as the security of nuclear plants. The G20 Bali Declaration reflects our viewpoint, which has received widespread support from the global community.

According to sources, the two leaders have continued to speak on the phone. Since February 24 they have spoken on the phone four times this year.

India has underlined its concerns about the nuclear threats made by Russian leaders even if it hasn’t openly criticised the Russian invasion of Ukraine or asked for an international investigation into the Bucha atrocity.

India has adopted a nuanced stance at the UN Security Council as well, choosing not to vote against Russia in a number of resolutions since February 24. According to insiders, this has been a true test of India’s current diplomatic tightrope dance.