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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh left for Russia on Wednesday to attend an important meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) amid ongoing tensions in China and India. Sources in the news agency have told that there is no meeting with the Defense Minister of China in the schedule of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

The regional security scenario is expected to be discussed in this meeting. The SCO Defense Ministers are meeting at a time when there is a border deadlock in East Ladakh between its two member countries – India and China.

China’s Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe is expected to attend the SCO meeting. Asked about the possibility of a bilateral meeting between Singh and Wei, apart from the SCO meeting, sources said that there is no such plan. For more than three and a half months, there has been a deadlock in several areas along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh between the troops of India and China.

Officials said that in addition to attending the SCO Defense Ministers meeting, Singh will hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu and several other top military officials, aiming to expedite the implementation of several defense procurement programs. Singh will leave for India in the evening of September 5. This will be Singh’s second visit to Moscow after June.

He represented India in the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on 24 June. Russia has also invited Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to attend the SCO Foreign Ministers meeting on 10 September.

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