Putin Warns Against Interference by Any ‘Extra-Regional Power’ in India-China Border Dispute

The ongoing border standoff between India and China at the disputed Ladakh border has been the deadliest between the two Asian powerhouses since the 1962 border war. The two sides are currently in the middle of disengaging their troops from the disputed sites and have held 10 rounds of military commander-level talks to end the year-long dispute.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lauded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping as “responsible leaders” who are capable of solving the ongoing border dispute on their own.

“Yes, I do know that there are some issues related to India-China relations but there are always a lot of issues between neighbouring countries. I know the attitude of both the prime minister of India and also the president of China”, the Russian president said during a virtual press conference.

Putin was attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday. The remarks on the ongoing Ladakh border standoff between India and China were made in response to a question from Indian news agency the Press Trust of India (PTI).

“They (Modi and Xi) are very responsible people and they earnestly treat one another with utmost respect, and I believe that they will always arrive at a solution to any issue that they might face”, he stated.

“But it is important that no other extra-regional power is interfering with that”, the Russian president cautioned.

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