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Very tough situation, US and Russia are trying to prevent a war between India and China

WASHINGTON, (BM) – US President Donald Trump said that the American side is negotiating with India and China and is trying to help these countries overcome problems in relations, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing RT.

Read more: India and China are deploying military forces along the border between them

“We are negotiating with India, we are negotiating with China. They have big problems,” Trump quotes TASS.

He noted that the situation was “very tough” and that India and China had already reached physical clashes.

“We will try to help them,” the American leader added.

Earlier, a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that Moscow hoped that India and China would show diplomatic and political wisdom in order to prevent new exacerbations.

“Of course, we are worried about this incident, and we hope and are confident that both New Delhi and Beijing will show diplomatic and political wisdom so that they can independently find out wording without interference from any states that will allow them to avoid further such exacerbations,” said a Kremlin spokesman.

Mutual accusations

India accused the Chinese forces of a planned attack on Indian soldiers on the Himalayan border. China claims that Indian troops have violated borders.

Read more: India throws Apache attack helicopters and Su-30 fighters east to Ladakh

“The responsibility lies entirely with the Indian side,” said Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

India, in turn, accused China of “deliberate and planned actions” on the Indian side of the border.

The Australian Institute of Strategic Policy has analyzed satellite imagery of the valley. The experts said that “there is evidence that the forces of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) regularly move to the territory of India.”

On June 18 the Indo-Russian developed BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has received combat clearance amid raging border tensions with China in the eastern Ladakh area.

“The BrahMos missile system has received ‘fleet release clearance’ from the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification of Defence Research and Development Organisation. This was the final clearance and now the Indian Air Force can deploy all the fighter jets equipped with BrahMos in a combat mission”, the official said.

The official added that a large fleet of jets equipped with missiles under the BrahMos-Su-30MKI weapon-platform integration programme are ready for deployment. Responding to a question about the size of the delivery, the official said “it is large in number” but gave no additional details, citing the sensitivity of the matter in the current scenario along the Chinese border.

Read more: Amid tensions with China, India already may use the BrahMos supersonic missile

Yesterday [June 20 – ed.] we reported, citing military sources, reports that “Apache attack helicopters with air-to-ground Hellfire missiles, as well as Chinook helicopters capable of delivering artillery to high-altitude regions have been relocated to the east of Ladakh,”.

Also at the advanced air bases were placed Su-30 MKI, MiG-29 and Jaguar fighters. For the transfer of military equipment used heavy transport aircraft S-17 Globemaster, S-130J Super Hercules and An-32.

Gathering of military forces

China began deployment of large military group to the border with India, which, in particular, including many tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and other armored vehicles.

On published footage is visible countless infantry fighting vehicles waiting to be dispatched on railway platforms, Type-96 tanks on tractors, as well as the arrival of units at the deployment site.

At the same time, a large convoy of Indian military trucks was deployed towards the disputed region.

What happened?

On the night of June 15-16, clashes between the Indian and Chinese military occurred in the area of ​​the Galvan River in the Union territory of Ladakh. According to Indian army sources cited by local media, no firearms were used – sticks and stones were used. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed, 76 wounded, sources in the Indian army also claim that about 45 Chinese soldiers were killed and wounded.

Read more: A military confrontation on the Indian-Chinese border, several soldiers were injured

The situation in Ladakh escalated after clashes took place in early May with the participation of about 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers. More than 100 people were injured on both sides. Subsequently, India and China said they were making efforts to maintain stability.

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