Russia Working To Ease Gulwan Tempers, Hosting China, India Foreign Minister’s Virtually On Tuesday

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SRINAGAR: Moscow has thrown its hat in improving the situation between India and China after the Galwan clashes in which both sides have suffered losses. Rajnath Singh, India’s defence minister is already in Russia.

A September 25, 2019 photograph showing foreign ministers of India and China, S Jaishankar and Wang Yi in a warm handshake.

“Tuesday’s RIC Foreign ministers meeting, which was put off in March, will be the first opportunity for External affairs minister S Jaishankar and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to engage in that trilateral format,” The Indian Express reported.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will host the Russia-India-China trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting.

Delhi, according to the newspaper has kept Moscow updated on the situation in Ladakh because Russia has close proximity with Beijing. However, Moscow has responded in “a very calibrated” manner. “We welcome all steps aimed at de-escalation at the LAC, including the conversation between the two FMs, and remain optimistic,” Russian ambassador Kudashev tweeted on June 17.

Later, Russian news agency TASS quoted Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying that Kremlin remains concerned over clashes. “Certainly, we are watching with great attention what is happening on the Chinese-Indian border. We believe that this is a very alarming report,” Peskov was quoted saying. “But we consider that the two countries are capable of taking necessary steps to prevent such situations in the future and to ensure that there is predictability and stability in the region and that this is a safe region for nations, first of all, China and India.”

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