ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS In the backdrop of rising tensions along the Sino-Indian borders, the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) will today hold a luncheon meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Moscow. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is in Moscow on a four-day visit to attend the meeting of foreign ministers of the SCO of which both India and China are members. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is the host of the meeting of SCO foreign ministers being held in the Russian capital from Wednesday to Thursday.
The focus of the bilateral talks between Jaishankar and Wang is expected to be on finding a breakthrough in cooling down temperatures in eastern Ladakh, a day after the two countries accused each other of firing in the air at the latest flashpoint in the first instance of bullets being used along the LAC after a gap of 45 years. Jaishankar held a meeting with his Russian counterpart Lavrov after which the former said he had "excellent talks" and that they discussed bilateral strategic ties and exchanged views on the international situation.
Under the RIC framework, the foreign ministers of the three countries meet periodically to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of their interest.
Commanders of the armies of India and China on Wednesday met in eastern Ladakh and also exchanged messages over the hotline on ways to check further escalation in border tension on the eve of a crucial meeting between the foreign ministers.
News agency PTI reported that the situation in eastern Ladakh remained "tense" and that around 30-40 soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) are holding up at a position close to an Indian post in the Rezang La ridgeline in eastern Ladakh. ssia-India-China (RIC) on Thursday.
The Army on Tuesday said Chinese troops attempted to close in on an Indian position near the southern bank of Pangong lake on the evening of September 7 and fired shots in the air. The Army said this in a statement after the PLA late on Monday night alleged that Indian troops crossed the LAC and "outrageously fired" warning shots near the Pangong lake.