India, China troops to take part in Russian exercise; Pakistan may join

Written by Krishn Kaushik
| New Delhi |

Published: August 27, 2020 12:40:22 am






India will send a tri-services contingent to participate in Exercise Kavkaz, to be held in southern Russia between September 15 and 27. (File)

Amid a stalemate in talks between New Delhi and Beijing following the military standoff in eastern Ladakh, Indian and Chinese troops will participate in an international exercise in Russia next month.

This will be the first time that troops of the two countries will see each other in a friendly exercise since tensions began along the LAC in Ladakh early May.

India will send a tri-services contingent to participate in Exercise Kavkaz, to be held in southern Russia between September 15 and 27.

While it is learned that China has confirmed its participation, Pakistan is also likely to send its troops for the exercise. The Indian contingent will include a company-level strength of approximately 180 troops from an infantry battalion, 40 personnel of the Air Force, and two Navy officers as observers.

In all, 13,000 troops will participate in the exercise, sources in the defence establishment said.

China, it is learnt, is likely to participate with a substantial number of naval surface combatants. Since 2018, an increasing number of nations have been participating in these…

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