Stop the war: Jakarta Post

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The paper says the world will face a prolonged economic crisis if the war continues to drag on.

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose what is sometimes called the "Asian way" - avoiding confrontation and public humiliation - in conveying their deep concern over the devastating impacts of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in their respective bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.

While PM Modi was more direct in stating that the war was "wrong", President Xi opted for subtler language. But their message that Putin should "reconsider" the war was clear. The Russian leader seemed to listen seriously to the advice of the leaders of the two large nations, both of which abstained from voting on a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Feb 24 invasion.

The three leaders attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Tashkent on Sept 15-16, and China and India are Russia's largest oil importers. Putin hailed China's "balanced position", although he admitted that his counterpart had "questions and concerns" over the Ukraine war. During their talks, Modi told Putin that "today's era is not war" and that he was "ready to discuss how we can move onto the path of peace in the coming days".

Putin replied, "We want all of this to end as soon as possible."

We hope the meetings will push Putin to end the seven-month war in Ukraine. After all, the invasion of a sovereign nation cannot be justified. It violates the UN Charter and the most fundamental principles of international relations.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, too, has attempted to deescalate the conflict. He travelled to Moscow and Kyiv in June to personally invite the two nation's leaders to the Group of 20 Summit in Bali. Putin, however, looks unlikely to attend, as he will have to face an "unfriendly" reception from the leaders of the Group of Seven attending the summit.

Jokowi has also conveyed his concern to Putin about the dire impact of the war on the global economy. Indonesia and the world at lar...

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