Blow to China, Pakistan as Russia backs India at SCO meet

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a meeting on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies in the Japanese city of Osaka, June 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEW DELHI, Nov 12, 2020, Zee News. Russia has come out in support of India noting that bilateral matters should not be raised at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) forum. The development comes after Pakistan attempted to raise India-Pakistan matters at the virtual meet, Zee News reported.

The Russian Deputy Envoy to Delhi, Roman N Babushkin, in response to a question by WION, said, “This is a part of SCO charter and SCO basic documents not to bring the bilateral issue into the agenda. It has been made clear to all members states that it should be avoided… for the sake of the progress of multilateral cooperation.”

“The importance of SCO is to deal with regional challenges, to promote economic, financial, humanitarian partnership among member states in order to keep the momentum… we will not interfer in bilateral issues of India and Pakistan… Our position remains consistent and unchanged. We hope such kind of instances will not appear,” he added, further.

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