New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will leave for Russia on Wednesday September 2 to participate in an important meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The regional security scenario is expected to be discussed at this meeting. This information was provided by agents. Officials said that in addition to attending the SCO Defense Ministers’ meeting, Singh will hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu and several other senior military officials in a bid to speed up implementation. of several defense procurement programs.
The SCO Defense Ministers’ Meeting comes at a time when there is a border standoff in Eastern Ladakh between its two member countries – India and China. Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe is expected to attend the SCO meeting. Asked about the possibility of a bilateral meeting between Singh and Wei, outside of the SCO meeting, sources said there was no such plan. This will be Singh’s second visit to Moscow after June.
He represented India at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on June 24. The Victory Day Parade was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Russia also invited Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to attend the SCO foreign ministers meeting on September 10.
Sources said Singh would leave for India on the evening of September 5. For more than three and a half months, there has been a standoff in several areas along the line of effective control in eastern Ladakh between troops from India and China.
The Indian Army said on Monday that the Chinese military carried out “provocative military activity” to change the status quo along the southern coast of Pangong So “unilaterally” on the night of August 29-30, but Indian troops thwarted the effort. This latest confrontation increased the tension on the real control line.