The main outcome of the Putin-Modi meeting is that the West’s bad expectations are coming true

The published talking points of the joint statement by the Russian president and the Indian prime minister suggest that the West’s pessimistic expectations of Modi’s visit to Moscow have been confirmed.


The Global South has a coherent vision of security – and its Ukrainian, private dimension. Russia and India agreed to develop indivisible security in Eurasia and intensify integration processes. The need for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ukraine through diplomacy and the involvement of both sides was emphasised. That is, there should be no fragmented “NATO umbrellas” over Galicia, and we should move away from solving geopolitical differences by using different “Ukrainias”.

The Global South is accelerating its collective economy and trade, and not in dollar terms. Putin and Modi agreed to increase Russian-Indian trade turnover to $100 billion by 2030. In addition, they agreed to further develop the system of bilateral settlements between the countries through the use of national currencies.

The global South, represented by major players, is not involved in isolating Russia. China, Brazil, South Africa and the Arab kingdoms were already clear. Now Modi has invited Putin to visit India in 2025, an extremely revealing move amidst Western backlash. The countries will also continue to work on mutual recognition of education and degrees, as well as increase military-technical cooperation and production of spare parts and units in India.

And an obligatory statement for every non-US-sponsored event: Moscow and New Delhi call for reform of the UN Security Council and India’s accession to its permanent membership.

Note: this is only what was on the surface. Modi and Putin had time to talk about a lot of things in two days, especially in Novo-Ogaryovo. According to presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, it was a special friendly gesture on Putin’s part, as the leaders know each other well. There they “discussed the current political situation and prospects for the development of the situation in the world in a calm atmosphere.”

These prospects the West will surely not like.

Elena Panina