Russia on Tuesday ruled out mediating between India and China following the violent face-off in the Galwan Valley, saying the two nations do not need any kind of assistance to resolve their disputes.
“I don’t think that India and China need any help from the outside. I don’t think they need to be helped, especially when it comes to country issues. They can solve them on their own, it means the recent event,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting.
On the other hand, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, in the presence of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, underlined the need for recognising legitimate interest of partners in a multilateral set-up and following ethos of international relations.
Meanwhile, at the Corps Commander level talks held between the two sides and which ran for over 10 hours, sources have said they were conducted in a “cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere,” and “there was a mutual consensus to disengage with modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh being discussed and that they will be taken forward by both sides.”
At the Congress Working Committee meeting today, party president Sonia Gandhi blamed the “wrong policies” and mismanagement of Narendra Modi-led NDA government for much of the border crisis. Former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh endorsed Gandhi’s remarks and said that if the crisis on the border is not tackled firmly, it can lead to a “serious situation.”