New Delhi: A trilateral summit of the leaders of India, China and Russia is expected in the near future, a top Presidential adviser has said in Moscow. Briefing the media on the recent video conference between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, presidential aide Yury Ushakov said that the two leaders had discussed a trilateral with India.
Both the leaders “agreed to continue exchanging opinions in this regard and to endeavor to hold the next summit within the RIC [Russia-India-China] framework in the near future,” Ushakov was quoted as saying by Russian news agency TASS.
Putin visited Delhi briefly on December 6 during which he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a one-on-one meeting. Upon returning to Moscow he held a video conference with Xi. The sequence of meetings has acquired special significance in the context of tension between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since early 2020.
The Foreign Ministers of Russia, India and China met on November 26 ahead of Putin’s visit. During that meeting, all parties agreed on countering terrorism but a major difference was visible on Indo-Pacific with Russia supporting Chinese concern on Indo-Pacific grouping ‘Quad’.