Russia’s role could be critical in ending the impasse between India and China with regard to the prevailing situation at the Line of Actual Control

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar held a bilateral meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of SCO foreign ministers’ meeting in Moscow on Wednesday. The two sides discussed the situation on the Line of Actual Control and regional issues during the meet.

In his tweet about his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, Jaishankar said, “Pleasure to meet FM Sergey Lavrov, this time in person. Excellent talks that reflect our Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. Value our exchanges on the international situation.”

India-Russia, according to media reports, are working together to explore potential areas of cooperation in sectors like agriculture, coking coal, pharma and health sector, digital & IT, exchange of skilled manpower, cooperation between the regions including in the Far East and cooperation in the Arctic, as well as logistics and connectivity.

Russia’s role could be critical in ending the impasse at the LAC as Moscow has been engaged in backchannel diplomacy to defuse tensions. Jaishankar had been in touch with Lavrov virtually. This was his second visit to Moscow since 2019.

Moscow has assured critical defence supplies during the time of crisis and is considering India’s request to expedite supply of S-400 missile defence system. India has also launched the Act Far East policy and plans to expand its footprints in the resource rich Far-East Russia.