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Lavrov praised the efforts of China and India to de-escalate the situation on the border

Russia welcomes India's and China's efforts to de-escalate the situation on the border, said Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"It has already been announced that the military representatives of India and China came into contact. They discuss the situation, discuss steps to de-escalate, we welcome it," - said Lavrov at a press conference following a special meeting via videoconference with the heads of foreign ministries of the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the issues of responding to the challenges of the pandemic coronavirus.

An incident between Chinese and Indian military took place in the evening of June 15 in the region of the valley Galvan in Ladakh. According to the Chinese military, on the evening of 15 June in the area of the river Galvan on the border, the Indian military is in breach, and again breached the line of actual control, deliberately carried out a provocative attack that has led to fierce collision, was wounded and killed. Chinese foreign Ministry protested and made a presentation of India in connection with a new incident on the border. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of India stated that the collision occurred as a result of efforts of the Chinese side to unilaterally change the consensus to respect the line of actual control in the valley Galvan.

Between China and India has a long-standing territorial dispute about the ownership of the plot of the mountainous area in the North of Kashmir, and almost 60 thousand square kilometres in the North-Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The line of actual control passes into the region of Ladakh. In the fall of 1962, the dispute escalated into a border war. In 1993 and 1996, China and India signed the agreement on maintaining peace in the disputed areas.