Russia on Thursday stated any escalation within the border stress between India and China amid the worldwide turbulence and unpredictability would additional set off regional instability in Eurasia, and the friction will be misused by different gamers of their geo-political objective.
At a web-based media briefing, Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin stated Russia is “naturally concerned” over the tensions between the 2 Asian powers, noting that it was “very important” for each the international locations to interact extra in “constructive dialogue”.
Referring to each India and China being members of the SCO and BRICS groupings, Mr Babushkin stated respectful dialogue is a essential device in the case of cooperation within the framework of multilateral platforms.
“It is clear that amid global turbulence and unpredictability, escalation between India and China would further affect regional instability in our common home Eurasia. The escalation we are witnessing can be misused by other players in their geo-political purposes,” he stated.
“We feel it is very important to encourage both our friendly Asian countries to be more engaged in constructive dialogue. Recent news about their commitment to exercise restraint and continue communication through diplomatic and military channels to remove tensions are absolutely welcoming developments,” he added.
India and China are locked in a bitter border standoff in jap Ladakh for over six months. Both sides are actually engaged on proposals on disengagement of troops from the high-altitude area.
The Eurasian area has additionally been witnessing turmoil in the previous few months primarily as a result of rising circumstances of coronavirus and tense relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh area.
“Russia remains in a unique position since it has special strategic relations with both India and China and these relationships are independent in nature. We are naturally concerned with the current tensions between India and China. However, we believe that a peaceful solution is inevitable sooner rather than later,” Mr Babushkin stated.
“Both are global and responsible neighbouring powers with huge economic and defence potential as well as civilisational wisdom,” he added.
When requested whether or not the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the BRICS teams can play a task in defusing tensions between two of their member nations, the Russian diplomat stated each the groupings have developed mechanisms for optimistic engagements
“Certainly respectful dialogue is the main tool when it comes to cooperation in the framework of the SCO and BRICS. Both associations have developed dozens of mechanisms of sector wise cooperation and let me assure you that their relevant interest is growing,” he stated.
The BRICS contains Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
Asked about rising ties between India and the US, Mr Babushkin stated Russia doesn’t see any drawback within the relations, including New Delhi doesn’t present any motive for doubt in the case of multilateral and bilateral commitments.
“New Delhi is a global power with multi-faceted and wide and diversified national interests and we respect that. India does not provide any reason for doubt when it comes to multilateral and bilateral commitments,” he stated.
At the identical time, the Russian Deputy Chief of Mission made a veiled reference to the “threat” by the US to India to not go forward with mega defence offers.
“We know that there were attempts to pressure India and use unfair and illegal competition tools such as threats of sanctions and other restrictions,” he stated.
In October 2018, India had signed a USD 5 billion cope with Russia to purchase 5 items of the S-400 air defence missile techniques, however a warning from the Trump administration that going forward with the contract might invite US sanctions.
Talking about regional cooperation, Mr Babushkin additionally talked about concerning the Russia-India-China trilateral grouping.
“Lets not forget about another very important trilateral mechanism, RIC, which will be chaired by India next year. We are confident that it is well designed to ensure a positive atmosphere and to expand its practical agenda,” he stated.