As the face-off started between India and China, both the countries have started increasing their combat capabilities and have also started their war practices with army, navy, and air force. Russia is a major military equipment supplier of India and it is also an ally of China, thus its role in the conflicts of India and China is still under suspicion.
On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister hosts the Russia-India-China trilateral foreign minister’s meeting which is the first time Indian Foreign Minister and Chinese foreign Minister are meeting over video-conferencing.
On Wednesday, Russia will host Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his counterpart Wei Fenghe, where they will attend the victory parade on June 24, along with Indian and Chinese marching contingents.
After the clash of both the countries in the area of Galwan valley, Indian and Russian Ambassador had a conversation in the officials discussed regional security, including developments on the line of Actual Control in the Himalayas. Although it is known to all that Russia and China have grown their relationship in the past, it became clear after the USA’s anger statement to China in recent months and Russia came to support China on the Covid-19 crisis. In addition to that, China is Russia’s biggest trading partner.
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Talking about the relationship of India with Russia, India has a historical relationship with Russia, spanning over seven decades. Approximately 60 to 70 percent of India’s defense supplies are from Russia. The prevailing situation calls for a new sanction of order with Russia. As Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is in Russia, it is likely to discuss the supply and purchase of a new defense system, like the S-400 missiles, with the Russian top brass in the military and government.
When Moscow is asked on the events on Galwan, it responded in a much calibrated way, after one week Russian Ambassador Kudeshav tweeted that “We, welcome all steps aimed at de-escalation at the LAC, including the conversation between the two Finance Ministers and remain optimistic”.
Russia’s role in the Sino-India clash is quite unclear, but it can be said that, if both countries, get into a clash again or if the situation worsens, it will not take anyone’s side as it has alliance with both the countries.