Russia wants that both India and China should find answers to their ongoing tension on the Line of Actual Control through dialogue

With External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Wangi Yi on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s foreign ministers meet on September 10, Russia has expressed its hope that both sides will be able to resolve their differences through dialogue. However, it made it clear that it will not interfere unless it is asked to do so by the two countries.

“We are not interfering unless both sides are requesting us to do so. India and China should decide whether they would accept such kind of interference or moderation. Currently, we are not participating in the resolution of disputes between the two countries. We are focusing on creating a positive atmosphere,”Russia’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Delhi, Roman Babushkin said during a virtual interaction ahead of the SCO meet in Moscow on Tuesday.

“We have no doubt that Indian and Chinese friends would find a mutually acceptable solution through dialogue,” Roman Babushkin said.

He also said that in view of India's sensitivity, Russia will not sell weapons to Pakistan.

Commenting on the recent visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Moscow, he said, “We`re very encouraged to know that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met his Chinese counterpart, as well as Dr Jaishankar would also meet his Chinese counterpart on sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) event.”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a meeting with his Russian counterpart, General Sergey Shoigu in Moscow on the sidelines of SCO defence ministers’ meet recently, where both sides discussed deepening of defence and strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Later in his tweet, the Defence Minister said, “Excellent meeting with the Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoigu in Moscow today. We talked about a wide range of issues, particularly how to deepen defence and strategic cooperation between both the countries.”

External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, who is on a two-day visit to Russia, will be meeting his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the SCO meet on Thursday.

Russia’s comments have come at a time when India is facing aggression by China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).