Defence minister Rajnath Singh will leave for Russia on Wednesday to attend a crucial assembly of the Shanghai Cooperation corporation (SCO) which is expected to deliberate on regional safety state of affairs, officers said.
Except attending the SCO defence ministers’ assembly, Mr Singh will preserve talks along with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu and several different top army officers with an purpose to expedite the implementation of numerous defence procurement programmes, they said.
The SCO defence ministers’ meeting is taking region at a time when of its member countries, India and China, are locked in a bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh.
Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe is anticipated to wait the SCO assembly. Asked approximately the possibility of a bilateral assembly among Singh and Wei on the sidelines of the SCO occasion, sources stated there’s no such plan.
It’ll be Mr Singh’s second go to to Moscow seeing that June. He had represented India on the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on June 24 that commemorated the seventy fifth anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany within the 2d international conflict.
Russia has also invited external Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to wait the SCO overseas ministers’ assembly on September 10.