The clashes dented the stable image created by Chechnya’s strongman after two separatist conflicts.
Putin says the tragedy is being used for others’ “mercenary objectives,” although he does not say specifically who.
Merkel had underlined the importance of a ceasefire to carry out an investigation into the air disaster.
Obama and Hollande called for a meeting “as quickly as possible with separatist elements.
In March, US and its most important allies retaliated for Putin’s military occupation and subsequent annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
This will be Putin’s first meeting with the head of government or state of a major Western power since Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
“I have met him (Modi). I am going to work with him closely,” Putin said.
Hundreds of onlookers accompanying the protesters, who included several crying children, shouted slogans and hurled abuse.
The ‘diplomatic off-ramp’ is the best means of resolving the tensions in Ukraine.
India has never supported unilateral sanctions against any country e.g Iraq or Iran, sources in the government said.
During the 20-minute telephone conversation, Singh thanked Putin for explaining the Russian position.
Obama has been accused of being all three in foreign policy decisions this month.
Erdogan told Putin that it is foremost the responsibility of Ukrainians to resolve the country’s crisis.
Putin on February 26 ordered snap combat readiness drills involving thousands of troop.
While Moscow has put 150,000 troops on high alert near Ukraine’s border, it has shown no signs of sending them back.
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