- Modi sent Putin congratulations on occasion of the public support received on the constitutional amendments in Russia.
- India's Army Chief General, Manoj Mukund Narwane, extensively reviewed India's military preparedness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
- Kulbhushan Jadhav's case continues to be a point of contention between India and Pakistan.
The Indian Foreign Ministry has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit India in October, and during his proposed visit, there are likely to be many high-level agreements between India and Russia. News sources said that there is a long list of high-level talks between the two countries in the coming months.
On this proposed visit of President Putin, news sources have published a report quoting Anurag Shrivastava, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, that recently there was a conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Putin.
Modi sent Putin congratulations on occasion of the public support received on the constitutional amendments in Russia. Also, the two leaders also discussed some regional and international issues.
The list includes the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting, National Security Advisors Meeting, and Defense Ministers Meeting. The annual bilateral summit is also scheduled to be held in October, in which Putin is expected to visit India.
In the last week of June, India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh went to Moscow, and the Indian military squad also took part in the parade organized on the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War.
Indian Army Chief visits LAC
Amid tensions with China, India’s Army Chief General, Manoj Mukund Narwane, extensively reviewed India’s military preparedness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Thursday. He visited Arunachal Pradesh, and interacted with all the Eastern Command corps commanders on the current security situation.
The Hindustan newspaper has quoted sources as saying that the process of retreat in East Ladakh is not going ahead, so the army wants to maintain the number of troops and weapons along the Line of Actual Control, even in winter.
In the wake of the skirmish with China along the border in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army has increased deployment of troops in all sensitive areas along the Line of Actual Control, about 3,500 km in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
The newspapers write that the Indian Air Force has also deployed additional combat aircraft and helicopters at the main targets to monitor the air border along the Line of Actual Control in the Arunachal sector. The Indian Army Chief visited the Fourth Corps headquarters at Tezpur on Thursday. He will visit the Central Command of the Army based in Lucknow on Friday.
Strange Rift between India and Pakistan in Jadhav’s Case
After Pakistan’s claim in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the government of India has said that “we have not received any communication from Pakistan in this regard.” The Economic Times newspaper, in its report ,quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava as saying that.
In fact, Pakistan claimed on Thursday that it has informed India, through diplomatic channels, to appoint an advocate for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death penalty case.
A Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson, Ayesha Farooqui, said in the weekly press conference that “After the directions of the Islamabad High Court of 3rd August we have contacted the Indian side through diplomatic channels and conveyed the same.”
She added, “we are awaiting Indian response.” However, the Indian side says that they did not receive any such information.
According to a newspaper report, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Anurag Shrivastava, has also said that Pakistan should implement the order of the International Court of Justice in this matter and provide the relevant documents to India, along with Jadhav being unimpeded, unconstrained and without any condition.