Modi, who met Putin last week on the sidelines of the 22nd meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand, had told the Russian President that “today’s era is not of war”. In the last six months, PM Modi has spoken to Putin several times over the phone regarding this issue and underlined the importance of democracy, diplomacy and dialogue.
“Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, was right when he said the time is not for war. It is not for revenge against the West or for opposing the West against the East. It is the collective time for our sovereign equal states to cope together with challenges we face,” Macron said during his address at the general debate of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Macron also admonished countries not to stay neutral about condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine as he declared that Moscow’s invasion amounts to a new form of imperialism.
“Those who remain silent today – despite themselves or secretly with a certain complicity – are serving the cause of a new imperialism, a contemporary cynicism that is destroying the world order,” Macron said in a 30-minute speech.
“When I hear Russia saying it’s ready for new cooperation and a new international order without hegemony, that’s a tall story. On the basis of what? Invading your neighbour, non-respect of borders you don’t like. What’s this order? Who is hegemonic today? Russia,” he said.
“We’re not talking about choosing a camp here between the East and the West, between the North or the South, either,” the French president insisted. “What we’re talking about is everybody’s responsibility — everybody who’s committed to the respect of the UN Charter and our common, precious good: peace.”
“The combat of the non-aligned movement is a fight for peace. They fought for peace, the sovereignty of states and territorial integrity. Those who are keeping silent today are in a way complicit with a cause of new imperialism, a new order that is trampling over the current order, and there’s no peace possible here.”
“Russia is today seeking to uphold a double standard but the war in Ukraine must not be a conflict that leaves anyone indifferent,” Macron said.
“This is why there’s an urgent need to develop a new contract between the north and the south – an effective contract which is respectful for food, for biodiversity, for education. It’s no longer time for block thinking but to build a coalition of specific action to reconcile legitimate interests and common goods,” he said.
In Samarkand, Putin had told Modi that he knows his “position on the conflict in Ukraine and the concerns that you constantly express”.
“We will do our best to make it stop as soon as possible. However, unfortunately, the opposing side, the leadership of Ukraine, announced that it was abandoning the negotiation process and declared that it wants to achieve its goals by military means, ‘on the battlefield’, as they say. Nevertheless, we will always keep you informed of what is happening there,” Putin had said.
(With inputs from agencies)
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