Putin, India’s Modi discuss Ukraine, wish each other well in upcoming elections

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Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone call on Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, discussing Ukraine and wishing each other well in upcoming elections, the Kremlin said.

The two leaders “expressed interest in further intensifying mutually beneficial bilateral ties” and touched upon “the situation in Ukraine,” according to a statement posted on the Kremlin’s website.

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They also wished each other success in upcoming parliamentary elections in India and a presidential poll in Russia, it said.

India has maintained its traditionally friendly ties with Russia since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, even as it has remained close to Western countries including the US, while occasionally criticizing Moscow’s military campaign.

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