Russian Foreign Ministry Accuses The Print Of Peddling Fake News On India-Russia Summit

The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the Indian news outlet The Print of peddling fake news on India-Russia Summit. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that, “The Print attempt to create a sensation from nothing failed and looked ludicrous and helpless. We hope that the outlet will draw necessary conclusions and will from now on focus on facts, rather than flashy headlines aimed at attracting attention.

Russian Foreign Ministry Accuses The Print Of Peddling Fake News On India-Russia Summit
Russian Foreign Ministry Accuses The Print Of Peddling Fake News On India-Russia Summit

In a lengthy Facebook post, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that “The Print attempt to create a sensation from nothing failed and looked ludicrous and helpless. We hope that the outlet will draw necessary conclusions and will from now on focus on facts, rather than flashy headlines aimed at attracting attention.

The article in question is about the annual India-Russia Summit which The Print said was postponed due to Russian unease with the Quad.

The article is titled, India-Russia annual summit postponed for 1st time in two decades amid Moscow’s unease with Quad.

The article claims, “This is the first time since 2000 that New Delhi and Moscow have not held their annual meeting even as tensions with China remain high.”

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Quad is the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – a format of interaction between Australia, India, the United States and Japan.

The Russian Foreign Ministry claimed:

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The people behind the publication (The Print) were quite comfortable with the fact that just two days earlier, during a briefing with the participation of Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev, comprehensive assessments of the current state and prospects for Russia-India relations in bilateral and multilateral formats were provided.

It was, in particular, emphasised that even though the COVID-19 pandemic had changed the schedule of contacts and delayed the annual summit, it had not become an obstacle to the strengthening of friendly ties between our countries.

During the event, members of the media were informed about the well-known position of Moscow: Russia welcomes the commitment of its Indian partners to the promotion of inclusive formats of regional cooperation as opposed to the division that a number of other countries are trying to impose, as they build their policies in the spirit of containment.

Notably, our colleagues in the Indian Foreign Ministry also drew attention to The Print’s “sensational” material, emphasising that in 2020, the summit, with the mutual agreement of the parties, had not taken place due to the pandemic, and insinuations of any other kind were invalid.

The Indian Foreign Ministry noted separately that the spread of false information about important bilateral relations was “particularly irresponsible.”

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