‘Huge disappointment:’ Zelensky blasts Modi meeting with Putin the same day Russian attack devastates Ukraine hospital

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CNN . . Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday criticized his Indian counterparts visit to Moscow as a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts, on the same day that a Russian missile smashed into a childrens hospital in Kyiv.. ..

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow on Monday, while less than 600 miles away Russian missiles rained down on Ukrainian cities in a morning rush hour assault that killedat least 39 people.. . Modis two-day trip marks his first visit to Russia since Putin began his full-scale invasion of Ukraine nearly two and a half years ago, with images and video Monday showing the two leaders hugging, chatting over tea, riding in an electric vehicle and watching a horse show.. ..

It is a huge disappointment and a devastating blow to peace efforts to see the leader of the worlds largest democracy hug the worlds most bloody criminal in Moscow on such a day, Zelensky said in a post on X on Monday, referring to the deadly Russian attacks.. . Modi did not address the strikes while speaking to the Indian diaspora in Moscow on Tuesday, but praised relations between the two countries..

Earlier in the day, they visited an exhibition center hosting a pavilion on the nuclear industry, according to Russian state news agency TASS.. . Putin had welcomed the Indian leader to his Novo-Ogaryovo residence late Monday, where the Russian president greeted him as a dear friend and said he was very happy to see him, TASS reported.. . Modi thanked Putin for hosting him at his suburban property, saying in a post on X: Looking forward to our talks tomorrow as well, which will surely go a long way in further cementing the bonds of friendship between India and Russia.. ..

We would hope India and any other country, when they engage with Russia, would make clear that Russia should respect the UN Charter, should respect Ukraines sovereignty and territorial integrity.. . While India has called for a cessation of hostilities in Ukraine and restoration of peace, it has also abstained from all resolutions on Ukraine at the United Nations and stopped short of condemning Russias invasion.. . Trade between the two countries was worth nearly $65 billion in 2023-24, primarily due to strong energy cooperation,but most of that total flowed toward Russia, according to Indias foreign ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal.. . . Reducing the trade imbalance would be a matter of priority in Modis discussions with Putin, he said, ahead of the trip.. ..

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