“This is the first time that they [People’s Liberation Army] have deployed the S-400 at the border. It is a grave threat to us and the government must take all steps to ensure that the issue [border standoff] is resolved”, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said at a press briefing.
India’s main federal opposition Congress party on Tuesday said that the deployment of Russian-made S-400 “Triumf” anti-aircraft missile systems by China at the Ladakh border poses a “grave threat” to Indian security interests in the region.
According to reports, the PLA’s Western Theatre Command has stationed S-400 systems at the Nyingchi airbase, which is around 20 kilometres from the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) border in the eastern Ladakh region.
“The government has to be reminded time and again about the threat lurking at the border. In fact, all the Indians must be made aware of the threat at the border”, said Khera.
“How far are the Indian aircraft in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from these S-400s?” asked the Congress leader.
The opposition spokesperson said that the blame for the Chinese actions at the border rested squarely with the prime minister, as he slammed Narendra Modi for giving a “clean chit” to Beijing over the border dispute.
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