Bangkok With a summit meeting between Russia and its backers, India continues its geopolitical balancing act. A week and a half after his state visit to the United States, where he was greeted as an important partner of Americans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gathered members of the increasingly anti-Western Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) for a virtual exchange on Tuesday.
He heads the group this year – and at the event he gave Russian President Vladimir Putin the opportunity to present himself as a statesman with international friends.
In his first appearance at the summit after the failed uprising by the Russian mercenary group Wagner, Putin claims that the Russian people are more united than ever. He also thanked his SCO counterparts who “expressed support for the Russian leadership and their actions” in the face of the uprising.
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