Jaishankar to participate in Russia-India-China virtual meet

Jaishankar to participate in Russia-India-China virtual meet

New Delhi, June 18: Amid ongoing standoff between troops of India and China in Eastern Ladakh, India will participate in Russia-India-China (RIC) virtual meet on June 23.

In weekly briefing on Thursday, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “Russia has called for a special session of the RIC meeting. EAM will participate in the meeting.”

The ministers are expected to discuss the current global pandemic situation, challenges of global security, etc: Mr Srivastava added.

Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff between the two countries.

On Wednesday Russia had announced a trilateral India-Russia-China Foreign Ministers’ meeting via video conference on June 23.

The RIC meeting will exchange views on the global, political and economic situation as well as the opportunities for cooperation to overcome the existing crises, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova at a press briefing on Wednesday.

“It is unacceptable to treat the current crises to obtain certain unilateral political benefits to the detriment of the security and long term interest of other countries,” she added.

Kudashev said the existence of RIC is an undisputable reality and “as for the current stage of the trilateral cooperation there are no indication that it might be frozen”.