MFA: India-Russia summit did not take place due to COVID, any other imputation was incorrect

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual summit between India and Russia did not take place this year, stating that any imputation is false or misleading.

MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava further confirmed that the decision not to hold this year's annual meeting had been taken by the governments of the two countries on a reciprocal basis.

The clarification of the ministry came after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi shared a Twitter news storey stating that the annual summit was postponed in the midst of Moscow's unease with Quad.

Gandhi said on Twitter that Russia is India's "important friend" and that undermining the traditional ties of the country is "short-sighted and dangerous" for its future.