Blinken says China and India’s concerns over Putin’s war in Ukraine are increasing ‘pressure on Russia to end aggression’

“I think what you’re seeing is just a manifestation that this assault has been an assault on the interests of people across the planet,” Blinken said at a State Department press conference. .

As the West has worked to insulate Vladimir Putin from his country’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russian president has turned more to countries like China.

However, in a meeting Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Putin acknowledged Beijing’s “issues and concerns” over the war, which Russia continues to call a “special military operation”.

And in a stark rebuke on Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had remained silent on the matter, told the Russian president that “the era of today is not one of war.”

“We spoke to you many times on the phone that democracy, diplomacy and dialogue are all those things that affect the world,” Modi told Putin in Uzbekistan.

Putin was quoted by the Kremlin as having told the Indian leader: “I know your position regarding the conflict in Ukraine, your concerns which you continually express. We will do everything to bring this all to an end as soon as possible.”

US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said Friday that she believes the relationship between Moscow and Beijing is one “of convenience, not necessarily a relationship of trust or a relationship that will combine their efforts on all things.”

“It’s not a full-fledged marriage in all ways and shapes and forms, but they’ll definitely work together, but they’ll also work to each other’s benefit,” Sherman said in conversation. with Washington Post Live.

“It was quite interesting that President Putin made a remark that he knew Xi Jinping was concerned about what he was doing in Ukraine,” she said. “Very interesting for Putin to say that.”

Sherman said she was “sure Xi Jinping is looking for an advantage as Russia continues its unprovoked, premeditated and horrifying invasion of sovereign Ukraine.”

“Xi Jinping has constantly talked about sovereignty and territorial integrity, so it doesn’t match the principles he wants for his own opinions, whether it’s Hong Kong, Tibet or Taiwan,” he said. she declared.

Blinken said on Friday that the Russian war is “an aggression not only against Ukraine and its people, it is an aggression against the very principles of international relations that contribute to the maintenance of peace and security.”

He said the war in Ukraine is a violation of the UN charter, calling Russia “the number one violator of the charter right now.”

“And of course all the impacts that has, including, for example, on food insecurity. We’ve spent a lot of time, a lot of attention over the past few months trying to address the food security challenges that were dramatically exacerbated by Russian aggression. We already had Covid, we already had climate change which was having profound effects on food insecurity. Add to that conflict, we now have over 200 million people in severe food insecurity,” Blinken said.

“It’s something that the leaders of countries around the world feel because their people feel it. And so and I think it increases the pressure on Russia to end aggression,” he said. -he declares.

CNN’s Uliana Pavlova and Rishabh Pratap contributed to this report.