LIVE UPDATES: MEA explains reasons for cancellation of India-Russia annual summit after Rahul Gandhi’s hard-hitting attack

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The Indian ministry of external affairs has explained the reasons for the cancellation of the India-Russia annual summit for the first time in two decades after Congress MP Rahul Gandhi called the development ‘short-sighted and dangerous.’ The MEA, in its statement, said that there was no truth to media reports claiming that Russia’s unhappiness over India joining the Quadrilateral coalition or Quad was the reason for the cancellation of the annual meet.

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “The India-Russia Annual Summit did not take place in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic. This was a mutually agreed decision between the two governments. Any imputation otherwise is false and misleading. Spreading false stories in important relationships is particularly irresponsible.”



Quoting a media report, Gandhi had tweeted on Wednesday, “Russia is a very important friend of India. Damaging our traditional relationships is short-sighted and dangerous for our future.”



The Quad countries comprise of US, India, Japan and Australia and are seen as a response to China’s growing agression in the South China Sea region.

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