Macron citing PM Modi’s statement at UN Assembly speaks volumes of India’s growing stature on international stage: JK Tripathi, Ambassador (r), GOI

India has arrived as a global player, and the fact that French President Emmanuel Macron quoted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the Russia- Ukraine at UN General Assembly, speaks volumes of the coutry’s growing stature on the international stage, believes Mr. JK Tripathi, Former Ambassador of India. French President Emmanuel Macron agreed with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he reiterated the latter’s remark ‘time is not right for war’ on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City.

“Indian Prime Minister was right when he said that time is not for the war. It is not for revenge against the West or opposing the West against the East. It is the time for a collective time for our equal sovereign states. To cope with challenges we face,” said Emmanuel Macron while addressing the U.N. General Assembly. Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi snubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin by indirectly taking a dig at him for sparking a military war against Ukraine, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit last week.

PM Modi also opined that its high time to immediately stop the military invasion and return to the ‘path of peace and dialogue.’ Macron’s reference to the Indian Prime Minister’s statement at U.N. General Assembly has been looked at India’s tallness at the global stage and how seriously world leaders hear Mr Modi. While speaking exclusively with The Quotes, Mr Tripathi claimed that India has arrived as a global player, and India’s voice and comments are bein read with ‘utmost sincerity.’

“That the world powers speak about India with caution and respect is evident from the fact that despite the clamour of putting India under the CATSA sanctions over India’s purchase of S-400 anti-missile system and crude oil at concessional rates from Russia, the U.S. has not dared to put any sanctions against us, though it’s own NATO ally Turkiye had been placed under CATSA,” added the retired diplomat and expert on international issues.

The retired diplomat further stated that the Indian Prime Minister criticised the act of war without accusing any party in particular. “Even if some analysts claim it is a snubbing to Russia, it is very mild. And Russia also knows that India will not take any sides (which is good for Russia though uncomfortable for the U.S. and the West). Modi had been urging both sides of the conflict to end it and come to the negotiating table,” added Mr Tripathi.

In conclusion, the diplomat (r.) claimed that Russia could not react against India because ‘we are partly compensating Russia the cost of war as we account for around one-half of Russia’s oil export to India and China, which almost sets off the daily cost of war for Russia after the sanctions imposed on it by the West. “For India, it is win-win all the way,” concluded Mr Tripathi.

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