As India is entangled in a bitter border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday reached Russia to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Singh will be meeting his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu to boost bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries.
Notably, both India and China are members of SCO. The SCO comprises eight member states — India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Beijing is being represented by Chinese Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe, while Pakistan’s Pervez Khattak may attend the meeting of the influential bloc. India became a member of the SCO in 2017.
Ahead of his departure, Singh said, “India and Russia are privileged Strategic Partners. Looking forward to further this partnership during my visit.”
Officials stated that Singh would urge Shoigu to ensure timely delivery of defence-related equipment, like the weapons systems, ammunition and spares.