At 1.30pm on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be face-to-face, though virtually, with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the trilateral Russia, India, China (RIC) foreign ministers meeting led by Moscow. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will be the third minister in the virtual meeting room.
Russia has ruled out any bilateral issues being taken up during the meeting but left the door open to “support trust building”. Speaking to CNN-News 18, Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin said, “Russia is a trusted partner for both, and our multilateral and bilateral relations with them play a key role in maintaining stability in Eurasia. RIC in this regard is a unique platform that helps to expand common ground, strengthen dialogue and proceeding further towards practical cooperation as well as to build trust in the region.
The last such meeting was held in February 2019 and attended by the then EAM Sushma Swaraj. The meeting in December 2017 was held in New Delhi. Prime Minister Modi attended an informal meeting of the leaders of RIC in June 2019 where he said, “As the world’s leading economies, exchange of views between us, on economic, political and security situation of the world is important. Our trilateral meeting is a useful medium for discussing and coordinating on major global issues.”