Amidst hostility, India to take part in combat drills with China and Pakistan in Russia

Amidst the ongoing military confrontation with China and Pakistan, India has decided to take part in combat drills with armed forces personnel with both the countries in a multi-nation exercise being organised by Russia next month.

According to a report by Times of India, a tri-Service Indian contingent of around 200 officers and troops will take part in the Kavkaz 2020 (Caucasus 2020) “strategic command-post exercise” in the Astrakhan region of south Russia from September 15 to 26.

The report added that China, is learnt to be sending a large contingent, along with three ships, for the exercise.

“But it’s not as if our troops are going to exercise with just Chinese and Pakistani soldiers. It’s a multilateral exercise being hosted by Russia, with participation from at least 18 countries,” ToI quoted a senior officer as having said.

“Like India, Pakistan and China have also been invited as members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. We have participated in such exercises, which have included China and Pakistan, in the past,” he added.

Earlier in June, this year, India lost 20 armed forces personnel in a bloody clash with the Chinese army in Ladakh’s Galwan valley.


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