Russian President Vladimir Putin's strongly backed India’s stand against cross-border terrorism. Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought support from China. PM Modi said to Chinese President Xi Jinping that the two nations could not afford to differ on terror.
Putin backed India's post-Uri actions while Modi hailed India-Russia ties saying, an old friend is better than two new friends.
The Russian proverb underlined Modi's appreciation of Putin's support for India's surgical strikes despite a recent military exercise by Russia in Pakistan crossing the red line in Indian perceptions.
But while the unease over Russian troops on Pakistani soil after the Uri attack was assuaged by major defence and energy deals worth $24 billion, China proved a tougher proposition and foreign ministry, said the spokesperson Vikas Swarup while describing Modi's more challenging interaction with Xi.
"Both India and China are victims of terrorism and the region is suffering from the menace. The Prime Minister said no country is immune to terrorism and on this issue, we cannot afford to have any differences," Swarup said.
Modi and Xi agreed that terrorism was a major scourge and China condemned all forms of terror but there was no indication that China had agreed to drop its resistance to Pakistan-based terror mastermind Maulana Masood Azhar being sanctioned by the UN Security Council.