Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said that India abides by the Ramzan ceasefire but, forces have been given room to respond to any unprovoked firing. Addressing a press conference, she also said, "We shall ensure that no unprovoked attack goes without response."
When asked if the Ramzan ceasefire was a success, she said that the Ministry of Defence's role is not to assess whether it was a success or not. "It is our business to guard the border."
MoD's role isn't to asses whether it was successful or not. It's our business to guard the border & we won't stop if we're provoked. We shall be alert that no unprovoked attack goes without us responding. It's our duty to keep India safe: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pic.twitter.com/JfuatyvvDK
— News18 (@CNNnews18) June 5, 2018
Responding to a query, Sitharaman also assured that there was no scam in the Rafale deal. "There has not been any misdoing there. We have spent time explaining how the decision was taken and that it was an intergovernmental agreement," she added.
The Union minister also commented on the S-400 missile deal with Russia and said that New Delhi and Moscow have a continuous relationship. She added that negotiations on the missile deal with Russia have reached the final stage. "We have told US that India-Russia defence ties go a long way back," she added.
Sitharaman also assured that there was no shortage of defence ammunition today. She said that there was a shortage when the NDA government came to power in 2014 but today, there is none.
There is no shortage of Defence ammunition today. Allegations of scam in the #RafaelDeal are baseless: Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pic.twitter.com/p1x8oKF7SH — News18 (@CNNnews18) June 5, 2018
When asked about India’s ties with China following the Doka La standoff, she referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Wuhan as well as her meeting with Chinese officials and said, "Things are on track," according to The Indian Express.
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Updated Date: Jun 05, 2018 17:03:29 IST