A “sensational” report by Indian newspaper ThePrint
On December 23, 2020, the Indian newspaper The Print published an article titled “India-Russia annual summit postponed for 1st time in two decades amid Moscow’s unease with Quad.” Quad, the Quadrilateral Security Council, is a format of interaction between Australia, India, the United States and Japan.
The people behind the publication 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.”
The Print’s attempt to create a sensation from nothing failed and looked even more ludicrous and helpless amid dozens of other articles published following the briefing which described various aspects of Russian-Indian relations in a constructive and correct manner. We hope that ThePrint editors will draw the necessary conclusions and will from now on focus on facts, rather than flashy headlines aimed at attracting attention.