The Indian embassy in Russia on Wednesday, September 22, informed that Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat is in Russia to attend the sixth session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) peace mission exercise.
This is the first foreign visit of General Bipin Rawat after taking over as the CDS. During his visit, he would be witnessing the activities of the respective armed forces taking part in the ongoing SCO peace mission drills in Russia.
General Rawat will also be attending a CDS Conference during his visit to Russia. Earlier this week, a senior defence official had informed that China and Pakistan will also be participating in the conference of the CDS-rank officers of the SCO member countries. The official added that the conference would focus on addressing the regional security issues and Afghanistan is also likely to come up for discussion.
It is worth mentioning that the Indian Army and Air Force are also taking part in the SCO exercise. The aim of the drills is to foster close relations between the SCO member states and to enhance the abilities of the military leaders to command multi-national military contingents.