Isolated Putin is losing his last allies as China and India pressure him to end his bloody war in Ukraine

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has hinted that Russia may have lost one of its last allies after highlighting a strained relationship with former supporter China.

In recent days, China and India, once described by the Kremlin as friendly nations, have been pressuring Vladimir Putin after the president’s biggest escalation in the Ukraine war — including nuclear threats and nationwide mobilization.

Russian President Vladimir Putin feels increasingly isolated

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Russian President Vladimir Putin feels increasingly isolatedCredit: Alamy
Putin's two longtime allies are distancing themselves from him

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Putin’s two longtime allies are distancing themselves from himCredit: Alamy

Lavrov, addressing the UN General Assembly on Saturday, declined to answer a reporter’s question about whether China is pressuring the Kremlin to end the war soon.

Lavrov initially quibbled over the journalist’s choice of words before lashing out: “Tell your readers I dodged the question.”

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was also present at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, called for a negotiated end to the war.

“China supports all efforts conducive to a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis. The urgent priority is to facilitate peace talks,” Wang told the gathering, stressing that Russia and Ukraine should make joint efforts to “prevent the crisis from spreading.”

This departure from China’s usual opaque statements represents an apparent defiance of longtime friend Putin – with whom China vowed an “unbreakable” bond at the start of the war.

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India, which also has historic economic ties and a number of bilateral defense agreements with Moscow, seconded China.

This change of tone is a far cry from the start of the Ukrainian invasion, when the two nations vocally criticized Western sanctions against Russia, refused to impose those sanctions, and continued to buy up Russian energy.

But Putin’s lifelines have appeared to be faulty in recent weeks – a development the White House has described as “notable”.

At the first high-level meeting with his allies during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Putin was furious when China and India said they were both concerned about the invasion of Ukraine, according to sources quoted by The Times.

The strongman had hoped for strong statements of support from his eastern allies, who, like Russia, have contentious ties with the west.

But China’s Xi Jinping said he had “questions and concerns” related to the war in Ukraine, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Putin to end the war.

Captured by the camera, Modi told Putin: “Today’s era is not an era of war and I spoke to you about it on the phone.”

Saturday’s comments from Beijing and New Delhi underscore Putin’s growing isolation and raise questions about Russia’s ability to sustain its economy, which has so far been bolstered by its allies.

So far, Russia has also relied heavily on its ally Turkey, which mediates between the West and Russia, but this relationship is also showing signs of wear and tear.

After Putin’s announcement that Russia would hold referendums in the occupied Ukrainian territories, Turkey issued a sharp rebuke.

“Such unlawful faits accomplis are not recognized by the international community. On the contrary, they will complicate efforts to revive the diplomatic process and deepen instability,” Istanbul’s statement said.

“We renew our support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty, which we have emphasized since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, and reiterate our readiness to provide all necessary assistance to resolve the ongoing war… through peaceful negotiations.” “

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told PBS he felt he was caught off guard by Putin’s latest announcement and said he believed his Russian counterpart was ready to make concessions.

With China refusing to send military equipment, Russia can now only count on economically outlawed North Korea and outlawed Iran.

Arms supplier Iran, which also shares a deep disregard for the West, especially the US, has expanded its military cooperation with Russia since invading Ukraine.

Those stronger ties between the two isolated nations have become evident in recent weeks after several Iranian-designed Shahed-136s — dubbed “suicide drones” — were shot down by Ukrainian forces.

But these political, diplomatic and economic setbacks come as Putin also faces beatings on the battlefield and fierce protests at home.

Anti-mobilization protests erupted across the country after Putin drafted 300,000 reservists into his bloody war in Ukraine on Wednesday.

Hundreds of protesters were arrested while thousands tried to flee the country.

Huge queues have formed at the borders with Finland, Georgia and Mongolia as men rush to get married to avoid conscription.

Flights have also been disrupted, with fares as high as £10,000 for travel on Russia’s national airline Aeroflot.

Vladimir Putin talks to Xi Jinping during the SCO summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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Vladimir Putin talks to Xi Jinping during the SCO summit in Samarkand, UzbekistanPhoto credit: Reuters
Sergey Lavrov speaks during the 77th session of the UN General Assembly

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Sergey Lavrov speaks during the 77th session of the UN General AssemblyPhoto credit: Rex
It comes as Putin suffers humiliation in Ukraine as troops abandon equipment

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It comes as Putin suffers humiliation in Ukraine as troops abandon equipment

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