Sat. May 18th, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that the Indian government is acting independently in the best interests of its citizens and that any attempts by the West to create a rift between Moscow and New Delhi are futile. Speaking at a keynote address in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin emphasized that India is an independent state and efforts to turn it away from Russia will not succeed.

These remarks come in the midst of criticism faced by Indian refiners for purchasing discounted Russian oil after Western nations imposed sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine last year. Despite this, Putin praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and acknowledged India’s growing strength under his leadership. He highlighted India’s large population and significant economic growth, describing it as a powerful and mighty country. He also mentioned that like Russia, Indians are making their mark across the globe.

Putin’s absence from international meetings, such as the BRICS gathering in South Africa and the G20 Summit in New Delhi, has raised questions. In response, Putin explained that he chose not to attend these events to avoid causing a political spectacle. He is currently the target of an International Criminal Court arrest warrant, which South Africa, as a member of the ICC, would be expected to implement if he were to visit the country. Putin stated that he did not want to create problems for his friends during these gatherings.

In March, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Putin due to his decision to send troops to Ukraine and the illegal deportation of children to Russia. Moscow has deemed the arrest warrant as “illegal”.

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