New Delhi: Amid ongoing conflict between India and China, New Delhi is likely to convey to Moscow that it would not be participating in the multinational military exercise Kavkaz-2020 set to be held in Astrakhan area of Southern Russia.
Chinese and Pakistani troops are also going in the war games.
While Indian officials have taken into account the worsening COVID-19 situation all over the globe, sources told ANI that it cannot be business as usual given the fact that India and China are locked in a military conflict with high alert all along the 4,000 kilometre Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Chinese and Pakistani troops will also take part in the war games
“A high-level meeting was held in South Block in which External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat were present. After the meeting, it was discussed that it would not be right to take part in the multilateral exercise where Chinese and Pakistani military personnel would also be present,” defence sources told ANI here.
Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh is set to visit Russia on September 4-6 for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation defence ministers’ meeting and it is highly likely that India is going to raise China’s expansionist policies along the Indian border.
Russia had invited India to participate in the tri-services exercise with a contingent of around 200 personnel to Southern Russia.
Chinese troops have transgressed into multiple areas
Chinese troops have transgressed into multiple areas and are refusing to completely disengage from areas such as Finger, Depsang Plains and Gogra heights.
With no signs of de-escalation, both sides have brought additional troops on their respective side of the LAC apart from bringing in heavy weaponry including long-range artillery and mechanized infantry division.
As China is not moving back despite both sides holding several rounds of deliberations, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that if talks fail then India will think of military options.
Courtesy – timesnownews