The defense ministers of China and India met in Russia during the Victory Parade in Moscow. The meeting takes place against the backdrop of sharply worsened relations between Beijing and New Delhi and the deaths of twenty Indian troops & 43 Chinese troops during a clash in the Galvan Valley. How Russia turned out to be an ally of two rival powers, and whether it can maintain neutrality in the event of a conflict, says the author of the India Today television channel .
Before traveling to Moscow, Indian and Chinese ministers stated that bilateral issues would not be discussed during working meetings and festive events in Russia. However, looking at them it is difficult to forget that a few days ago, Indian troops received orders to respond to any violation of the status quo at the border in an emergency situation, without requesting additional orders from the command.
There is a peculiar historical irony in that representatives of two nuclear powers whose conflict could grow into World War III meet at the Victory Parade in honor of the end of World War II.
Before leaving for Moscow, Indian Defense Minister Rajnat Singh tweeted:
“I’m leaving for Moscow with a three-day visit. A visit to Russia will give me the opportunity to negotiate on ways to further deepen the Russian-Indian defense and strategic partnership. I will also be present at the 75th Victory Parade in Moscow. ”
Russia is a common ally for both India and China, and many are now asking themselves: who will Moscow support in the event of a possible clash between these countries?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov , it would seem, gave an exhaustive answer to questions of this kind when he said that India and China did not need outside help to solve long-standing problems between their countries.
“I do not think that India and China need outside help. I don’t think they need help, especially when it comes to the problems of these countries. They can solve them on their own, ”Sergey Lavrov said at a virtual meeting of the RIC Foreign Ministers (Russia-India-China) on Tuesday, adding that this is a recent event.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also made several important statements at the virtual tripartite meeting of the Foreign Ministers of India, China and Russia.