Indian Ambassador to Russia B Venkatesh Varma.  |  Photo Credit: ANI
- Varma told Russian newspaper Izvestia that India and China are currently in the process of negotiating through military channels as well and the two countries are trying to resolve issues amicably
- It was recently reported that China is also not honouring their disengagement commitment at friction points near Eastern Ladakh and are not pushing back as per the agreed terms
Moscow: China is being cornered from all quarters and with global leaders such as the United States, United Kingdom and Germany rallying behind India, Beijing’s options are running out as financial isolation could cause more damage to the country than a military response.
Reiterating India’s stand on the impending standoff between the two countries along the Line of Actual Control, Indian Ambassador to Russia, B Venkatesh Varma, on Thursday said that India won’t do any business with China till there is “complete disengagement” of troops along the LAC in accordance with diplomatic agreements between the nations.
Varma told Russian newspaper Izvestia that India and China are currently in the process of negotiating through military channels as well and the two countries are trying to resolve issues amicably.
“India and China are negotiating through diplomatic and military channels about the situation on Line of Actual Control in border areas between the two countries. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval have conducted talks with their Chinese counterparts. While India seeks to resolve these problems through dialogue, we have made it clear we won’t do business with China as usual until there is complete disengagement of military forces along the LAC and de-escalation in border areas in accordance with bilateral agreements,” he said.
Indian and Chinese militaries are engaged in a bitter standoff along the LAC since May and tensions have been rife after the situation escalated on the intervening night of June 15-16 following a bloody face-off in Galwan Valley near Ladakh that led to the death of 20 Indian Army soldiers.
Subsequently, both countries have held multiple rounds of talks to resolve the issue and China has come under a lot of fire from the international community for its indiscriminate, unlawful territorial expansions.
It was recently reported that China is also not honouring their disengagement commitment at friction points near Eastern Ladakh and are not pushing back as per the agreed terms.
“The Chinese have not shown any signs of de-escalation as they continue to maintain their heavy troop deployment of almost 40,000 troops supported by heavy weaponry like air defence systems, armoured personnel carriers and long-range artillery in front and depth areas,” sources told news agency ANI.