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No meet with China’s defence minister in Rajnath plan

NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh will not hold a

bilateral meeting

with his Chinese counterpart

Wei Fenghe

in Moscow on Wednesday, even as he briefed

Russia

on Tuesday on the ongoing troop confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh.

In his meetings with Russian deputy PM Yury Borisov and defence minister General Sergei Shoigu, Singh stressed that India as a “peace loving” country was all for resolving disputes through dialogue but “its resolve to protect its sovereignty and territorial interests at any cost cannot be doubted”, sources said.

Chinese mouthpiece

Global Times

had reported on Tuesday that Singh was “very likely” to meet Wei over border tensions during their visit to Moscow to attend Russia’s 75th

Victory Day

parade on Wednesday. But Indian officials denied any such meeting was on the cards. Singh, on his part, said India and Russia shared a “special and privileged strategic partnership”, with bilateral defence ties being one of its key pillars.

“My discussions with deputy PM Borisov were very positive and productive. I have been assured ongoing defence contracts will be maintained and not just maintained, in a number of cases they will be taken forward in a shorter timeframe,” Singh said.

As earlier reported by TOI,India has asked Russia to fast-track contracted weapons systems, like the $5.43 billion (Rs 40,000 crore) deal for five S-400 Triumf surface-toair missile systems squadrons, as well as urgently rush spares for its fighters, main battle tanks and submarines.

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24th June 2020