Troop disengagement at LAC key to future of Russia-India-China Trilateral

Prime News, National (New Delhi), Jan 6:- Russia plans to expand interaction with India on various regional and international issues of importance, not only at the bilateral level but also through various multilateral and plurilateral forums in 2022.

Moscow, sources tell, is especially keen on increasing cooperation with its partners New Delhi and Beijing through the RIC (Russia-India-China) format in the region, hoping to break the ice between the two neighbours in the process.

The matter also came up for discussion during the first phone call of the year between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

Both ministers discussed extensively the “practical issues of bilateral cooperation” in developing the results of the Indian-Russia Summit held in New Delhi last month.

Jaishankar and Lavrov, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, exchanged views on enhancing communication on regional and international affairs, including working together in the SCO, BRICS, RIC, as well as in the UN and its Security Council.

India has expressed its continued commitment to foster closer dialogue and cooperation among the three largest nations in the Eurasian region under the RIC mechanism.

However, New Delhi has also made it clear to Moscow that any future cooperation with Beijing, especially through the RIC trilateral, would majorly depend on China’s complete disengagement from all the friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh in accordance with the existing bilateral agreements and protocols.

It is believed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had conveyed the same to Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to the Indian capital on December 6.

Putin then discussed the matter with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a virtual meeting on December 15. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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