INDIA & RUSSIA-VETERAN
The 10th Russia-India-China (RIC) Ministenal meeting was held in Wuhan, China on 14-15 November, 2010.
Russia and China also looked forward to deepening cooperation with India on the Security Council during its two-year tenure.
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RUSSIA-INDIA-CHINA (RIC) Trilateral Ministerial Meeting :
The 10th Russia-India-China (RIC) Ministenal meeting was held in Wuhan, China on 14-15 November, 2010. The joint communique issued after the meeting carefully noted that “trilateral cooperation does not target any other country even as it expressed support for a multi-polar, democratic world order based on international law and collective decision-making”. Three countries also called for “open, transparent, inclusive and balanced security and cooperation architecture in the Asia-Pacific.”
Without clearly supporting India’s claim for permanent membership in UNSC the joint communiqué called for reform to make the U.N. representative and democratic. Russia and China also looked forward to deepening cooperation with India on the Security Council during its two-year tenure.
On Afghanistan the meeting underlined for the first time the need for adequate development of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to enable Afghanistan to defend its sovereignty and independence. On Iran issue three ministers emphasized that “there is no alternative to the intensification of efforts to address the Iranian nuclear issue by peaceful means through dialogue and negotiation.”
In the RIC communiqué, Russia and China said they welcomed India’s “constructive participation” in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which has recently decided to open membership for India, Pakistan and Mongolia. In order to give a higher profile to the RIC trilateral, India proposed that three flagship initiatives be launched in each of the three countries. One of the projects is likely to link Bangalore with the new Russian innovation centre at Skolkovo.