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Es sind wieder einmal Tage ganz nach dem Geschmack Wladimir Putins. Anderem voran, weil Russlands Präsident am Montag und Dienstag Narendra Modi empfangen kann. Symbolik zählt: Es ist die erste Auslandsreise des indischen Ministerpräsidenten nach seiner Wiederwahl Anfang Juni. Es ist auch Modis erster Besuch in Russland nach dessen Überfall auf die Ukraine von Ende Februar 2022; zuvor war Modi 2019 in Wladiwostok bei Putins Fernöstlichem Wirtschaftsforum gewesen.

Indien verurteilt den russischen Angriffskrieg nicht und kauft Rekordmengen russischen Rohöls. Es ist auch über Inder berichtet worden, die für Putins Invasionsarmee kämpften und gefallen seien. Dass diese Männer nicht in allen Fällen freiwillig in den Ukrainekrieg gezogen, sondern betrogen worden sein sollen, hat Modis Außenministerium in Frühjahr dazu gebracht, öffentlich die Rückkehr „der in Russland gestrandeten“ Inder zu fordern.

Solche Misstöne bleiben dem russisch-indischen Reigen nun fremd. „Dieses Thema kommentieren wir überhaupt nicht“, sagt Putins Sprecher Dmitrij Peskow am Dienstag, als schon der offizielle Teil des Besuchs beginnt. Aber der indische Sender NDTV berichtet, dass Modi das Thema am Montagabend während eines „privaten Abendessens“ bei Putin angesprochen habe – und „Russland“ dann ent­schieden habe, die Inder gehen zu lassen und ihre Rückkehr zu ermöglichen.

Putin wirbt für mehr Geburten

Dieser Montagabend muss als Höhepunkt des Besuches gelten. Dank Putins Medienapparat sieht man den Präsidenten und seinen Gast beim Miteinander in Nowo-Ogarjowo, Putins Hauptresidenz westlich von Moskau. Putin umarmt Modi zur Begrüßung, lässt ihm auf einer Veranda Tee, Trauben, Nüsse und Süßes servieren, nennt ihn einen „teuren Freund“ und sagt, heute könne man in „häuslicher Umgebung in Ruhe über wahrscheinlich dieselben Fragen sprechen wie morgen, aber inoffiziell“. Dazu kichert Putin. Er preist Modi als „sehr energiegeladen“, hebt Indiens Bevölkerungsgröße von 1,4 Milli­arden Menschen und als „wichtigsten“ Umstand zu dem Land hervor, dass dort „23 Millionen Geburten im Jahr“ verzeichnet würden, so viele wie in keinem anderen Land der Welt. „Das sind nicht einfach Zahlen, das bedeutet, dass Menschen ihre Familie planen, ihr Leben“, sagt Putin, dass sie „eine bestimmte Stabilität spüren“.

Unterwegs im Elektroauto: Putin und Modi
On the highway in an electrical automobile: Putin and Modidpa
Russia's president has sometimes complained that the inhabitants of his nation (which is now formally mentioned to be round 146 million, together with areas of Ukraine that had been illegally annexed) might be as massive as 500 million individuals with out the upheavals of 1917 and 1991. Putin has lengthy been countering his personal demographic drawback of a shrinking inhabitants, which consultants imagine is being made worse by the warfare in Ukraine, by selling extra births and “large families.”

On Monday, just a few hours earlier than Modi's go to, Putin can be internet hosting contributors in a contest to mark the day of “family, love and loyalty” at Moscow's VDNKh exhibition and leisure complicated. Putin guarantees a younger man with a hipster beard that his tune can be performed on tv and radio. “I'm lucky because I have a big family, I'm lucky because Russia is my homeland,” the participant sings, dancing along with his household in entrance of brightly coloured backgrounds. The man and his spouse thank Putin with a smile, and the viewers applauds.

At this very hour, docs, nurses and volunteers in Kiev are attempting to assist the victims of the air strike on the native kids's hospital Ochmatdyt. But this assault solely performs a task in Moscow's story insofar as, as all the time when the information is especially devastating, totally different variations are unfold about it: in a single model, the assault was aimed toward a navy goal, in one other, it was carried out by the Ukrainians themselves.

India has turned to the West when it comes to armaments

On Monday night, Putin can be seen main Modi across the grounds of his residence. Two massive white canines bark behind a fence; based on state tv, Putin obtained them as a present from North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un. Then Putin, Modi and the translators behind them climb right into a darkish blue electrical automobile with open sides. The host himself drives it alongside slender paths round his grounds. Behind them, his entourage drives in three black electrical automobiles, which echo the threatening aura of the president's precise motorcade.

Later, Putin placed on a present for Modi with horses from his personal secure. Footage reveals riders wearing white driving right into a corridor with flags of each nations of their palms and audio system wearing white with flower wreaths of their hair calling “faith, love and friendship” Russia's most vital values ​​from time immemorial. Not even for Xi Jinping, the pinnacle of state and occasion of China, with whom India is at odds on some points, did Putin make such a publicly staged effort.

Horse show for Modi: Russia's president had an elaborate program ready
Horse present for Modi: Russia's president had an elaborate program preparedAFP

On Tuesday morning, Putin, this time accompanied by his visitor, will return to the VDNKh website within the north of Moscow, the place he had additionally selected the large “Russia” exhibition on the alleged achievements of his rule on Monday. The exhibition opened in the beginning of November, was then timed to coincide with Putin's renewed acclamation to the presidency in mid-March and was lastly prolonged a number of instances. According to official figures, 18.5 million individuals have already visited it.

A closing live performance with Putin pop stars on Saturday was held underneath the motto “Russia's borders end nowhere”, which was coined by the president himself. Putin preferred the present, a piece by Sergei Kiriyenko, the Kremlin official in command of home coverage and the mixing of annexed territories, a lot that he ordered it to be continued in a brand new “National Center”. A brand new constructing is to be constructed particularly for this function on the banks of the Moskva River. It appears as if Putin's rule, for which there isn’t any finish in sight and there shouldn’t be, is already ripe for being became a museum.

Together with Modi, Putin visited the pavilion of the state nuclear firm Rosatom on the VDNKh website. The firm says it’s speaking to India about new energy plant tasks; the corporate accomplished two blocks within the Kudankulam nuclear energy plant on the southern tip of the subcontinent in 2013 and 2017, and a 3rd is to comply with this 12 months. After that, there are just a few questions from Russian and Indian college students earlier than the president and prime minister journey to the Kremlin.

At the start of the now “official” a part of their talks, Putin thanks Modi for attempting to “find ways to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, primarily through peaceful means, of course.” Putin doesn’t specify which Indian concepts this would possibly imply. Instead, he praises Russia's “particularly privileged strategic partnership” with India and invitations his visitor again for the autumn. A summit of the BRICS group is to happen in Kazan in October. The incontrovertible fact that India has been reorienting its arms manufacturing, of which Russia is historically crucial provider, in favor of Western suppliers for years just isn’t talked about.

Modi says that the earlier night he and Putin had an “open exchange of views on the Ukraine issue”, “treated each other with respect” and “spoke calmly”. Putin “spoke his opinion very openly”, says Modi with regard to the warfare, and expressed “positive views and ideas”. Modi leaves it open which of them; publicly Putin calls on the Ukrainian management, whose legitimacy he doesn’t recognise, to evacuate additional territories and demilitarise their nation as a way to obtain “peace”.

“Everyone who believes in humanity feels pain when people die, especially when innocent children die,” Modi mentioned, probably referring to the rocket assault on the Kyiv kids's hospital. “As a friend,” he, Modi, Putin all the time say that “future generations need peace for a bright future, so we think war is not a solution.” India is able to assist in any method to create peace. “Bombs, rockets and guns cannot guarantee peace, so we emphasize dialogue,” Modi concluded.

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