Russia's Duma speaker alludes to 'new G8' which includes India, Iran and China as war with Ukraine continues
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: PIB) As the Ukraine- Russia war continues, State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin on Saturday opined that the nations who had so far refused to participate in the "sanctions war" were being pushed into forming a "new Big Eight" group with Moscow.
"The group of eight countries not participating in the sanctions wars -- China, India, Russia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Iran, Turkey -- in terms of GDP at PPP is 24. The US and other G7 countries - Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Canada - he opined had pushed the other nations together "with its own hands".
Earlier on Friday, President Vladimiar Putin had insisted that it was impossible to "fence off" a country like Russia from the outside. Bilateral ties with Russia are a key pillar of Indian foreign policy and the country sees Moscow as a longstanding and time-tested friend that has played a significant role in its economic development and security.
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