Russia commits to policy of no arms supply to Pakistan
Russia on September 3, 2020, assured that it will follow a policy of ‘no arms supply to Pakistan’ following a request from India during Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s meeting with his Russian counterpart Gen. Sergey Shoigu.
- India and Russia also agreed to increase the engagement of their defence industries and finalised a major deal, under which an AK203 assault rifles factory will be established at Amethi.
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is currently on a 3-day visit to Russia. He will be attending the meeting of Defence Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which is being held to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of victory in World War II.
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a one-hour meeting with Russian Defence Minister, Gen Sergey Shoigu at the Russian Ministry of Defence, Moscow.
- The meeting covered a wide range of areas of bilateral cooperation and issues of mutual interest.
- During the meeting, India’s long-time special and privileged strategic partner assured that it will follow a policy of ‘no arms supply to Pakistan’, following India’s request.
- The two defence ministers also discussed ongoing defence projects, where India conveyed its appreciation for the timely response by Russia to India’s requests for weapon systems.
- Russia reiterated that it supported Indian security interests.
Chinese Defence Minister seeks meeting with Rajnath Singh
- The Chinese Defence Minister has reportedly sought a meeting with the Indian Defence Minister on the sidelines of the Defence Ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Moscow. The move comes amid ongoing tensions at the border between India and China.
- The bilateral meeting of Indian and Russian Defence Ministers coincides with Indra Naval Exercises to be conducted by Indian and Russian navies off the Straits of Malacca over the next 2 days.
- According to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the exercises demonstrated the common interests of both countries in maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.