In­dia to par­tic­i­pate in SCO mil­i­tary ex­er­cises

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence Inindia -

In a first, as re­cently an­nounced by De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sitharaman, In­dia is to par­tic­i­pate in a multi-na­tion mil­i­tary ex­er­cise to be con­ducted in Rus­sia dur­ing Septem­ber 2018. Ad­dress­ing the De­fence Min­is­ters’ meet­ing of the Shanghai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SCO) in Bei­jing on 24 April, she stated, “We are guided in our re­la­tions with China (as per) con­sen­sus reached be­tween our lead­ers that at the time of global un­cer­tainty,

In­dia-China re­la­tions could be a fac­tor of sta­bil­ity and that we must not al­low our dif­fer­ences to be­come dis­putes.” Although In­dia along with China, Pak­istan, Rus­sia and sev­eral other coun­tries are a part of the SCO bloc of largely Asian coun­tries, this will be first ever ex­er­cise which will have the mil­i­taries of In­dia and Pak­istan tak­ing part in anti-ter­ror­ist ex­er­cises. This ex­er­cise Peace Mis­sion 2018 is sched­uled to be­gin in end Au­gust at Rus­sia’s Ural Moun­tains and slated to con­clude in the first week of Septem­ber.

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