India withdraws from Russia military exercise over Chinese participation

India withdraws from Russia military exercise over Chinese participation

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New Delhi: India has withdrawn from the multilateral military exercise, Kavkaz-2020, scheduled be conducted in Russia next month over concerns with Chinese participation, especially amid tensions at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

According to sources, the decision was made after a high-level military and diplomatic conference in Delhi.

The exercise will be held in Astrakhan in southern Russia from September 15th to 27th. Other participants include Russia itself, Pakistan and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

India plans to send 200 military personnel, including 180 soldiers from the infantry battalion and observers from the International Air Force and Navy to participate in the exercise.

Sources said that India’s motives for withdrawing troops mainly revolved around the pandemic and the participation of Chinese and Pakistani soldiers in multilateral exercises.

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