RIC foreign ministers meeting: Russia supports India's candidacy as permanent member of UNSC

The Russian Foreign Minister further stated that India and China do not need any help from the outside to resolve their issues.

Created On: Jun 23, 2020 17:31 IST
S Jaishankar
S Jaishankar

Union External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar participated in the virtual RIC (Russia-India-China) foreign ministers meeting today, June 23, 2020. While addressing the trilateral meeting, Jaishankar stated that the meeting is a special one that reiterates our belief in time-tested principles of international relations. He highlighted that the challenge today is not of concept and norms but of their practice.

Jaishankar stated that leading voices of the world must be exemplars in every way.  He reiterated that respecting international law, recognising legitimate interest of partners and supporting multilateralism and promoting common good is the only way to build a durable world order.

India's statement at RIC

The Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated that beyond history, international affairs must also come to terms with the contemporary reality. He stressed that the RIC countries have been active participants in shaping the global agenda. He stated that the special meeting reiterated their belief in international relations but the real challenge is not just one of concepts and norms, but equally of their practice.

The Russia, India, China foreign ministers' meeting was held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War. India's military contingent will be participating in the Russian Victory Day Parade on June 24, 2020. Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has also reached Russia for a three-day visit on the occasion. 

Recounting India's participation in several battles, Jaishankar stated that the victory over Nazism and Fascism was achieved through sacrifices by many countries such as India, which made a significant contribution with 2.3 million of its citizens taking up arms and around 14 million more participating in war production.

Jaishankar further stated that respecting international law, recognizing the legitimate interests of partners and supporting multilateralism and promoting common good are the only way to build a durable world order.  The minister further thanked Russia for convening the meeting. 

Russia on India-China border standoff: "I don't think India & China need any help from outside", says Russian FM

Speaking on India-China border standoff, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that they hope that the situation will continue to be peaceful and the two nations will continue to be committed to peaceful resolution of disputes.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed on how India and China both showed their commitment to peaceful resolution. He highlighted how they started meetings at the level of defence officers, foreign ministers and neither of the two sides made any statements that would indicate that any of them would pursue non-diplomatic solutions.

The Russian Foreign Minister further stated that India and China do not need any help from the outside. "I don't think they need to be helped,especially when it comes to country issues," Lavrov noted. He added by saying that the two nations can solve their issues on their own.

China on India

China's Global Times, while quoting RCEP ministerial meeting statement highlighted that India has been an important participant in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations since its inauguration in 2012. It further noted that India's participation in RCEP will contribute to advancement and prosperity of the region. The statement further added that RCEP remains open for India.

Russia extends support to India's candidacy as permanent UNSC member

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov informed that the discussions also involved probable reforms of the United Nations. He emphasised that India is a strong nominee to become a permanent member of UN Security Council and announced support to India's candidacy. Lavrov stated that Russia believes that India can become a full-fledged member of the Security Council.


The Union Ministry of External Affairs on June 18, 2020 confirmed India's participation in the virtual RIC (Russia-India-China) foreign ministers meeting on June 23.  Russian Foreign Ministry had earlier confirmed the trilateral meeting. 

This is the first meeting between Indian EAM S Jaishankar and Chinese FM Wang Yi since the India-China border stand-off along the LAC. The two leaders had earlier joined for a virtual summit of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on May 13 but at that time full details of the border issue hadn’t been made public.   The meeting comes amid rising tensions between India and China after 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in Galwan valley, Ladakh after a violent face-off with Chinese troops.

The trilateral meeting is being convened at the initiative of Russia. Russia has been repeatedly saying that it hopes both nations take steps to de-escalate tensions. Russia shares a deep relation with both China and India.  India had made it clear earlier that there is no room for third-party interference in the matter. This came after US President Donald Trump made the offer to mediate between the two nations. 


The tensions between India and China are on a high over weeks of tense border standoff along the Line of Actual Control, especially in the Ladakh sector. India had though stated that it is conducting dialogue with China through diplomatic and military channels to find an “early resolution” to the issue. 

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