Prime Minister Narendra Modi won praise from the West for his outspoken criticism of the invasion of Ukraine in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan. rice field. Coupled with India’s vote at the United Nations in favor of allowing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to speak at next week’s UN General Assembly, this apparent support for Ukraine compared to New Delhi’s position in February , which may reflect perceptions of the military situation on the ground, demonstrates India’s ability to adjust diplomacy to changing geopolitical realities. It will be a year in which that flexibility will be put to the test by chairing the eight-nation bloc next September and hosting the summit. Given that a planned bilateral meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif did not materialize, one might question the value of this position. While these shortcomings could reveal much about the state of relations with the two neighbors, they could also be attributed to India’s desire to reconcile perceptions. SCO From unresolved bilateral issues with China and Pakistan.
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