NEW DELHI :
India and Russia on Wednesday stated their annual summit didn’t happen this yr solely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that any imputation in any other case is “false” and “deceptive”.
The assertion by the 2 nations got here following a media report that stated they haven’t been in a position to maintain their annual summit as Moscow has reservations over India becoming a member of the 4-nation Quad or Quadrilateral coalition.
“The India-Russia Annual summit didn’t happen in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. This was a mutually agreed choice between the 2 Governments. Any imputation in any other case is fake and deceptive,” Exterior Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated in response to the report.
“Spreading false tales on essential relationships is especially irresponsible,” he added.
In a press release, Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev known as the report removed from actuality.
“Discover it to be removed from actuality. Particular and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India is progressing effectively regardless of the COVID-19,” he stated.
“Staying in shut contact with our Indian pals to work out new dates for the summit, postponed as a result of epidemiological causes. We’re assured that will probably be held within the close to future, whereas the Russian-Indian relations will proceed its additional growth,” he added.