The annual summit between India and Russia has been canceled due to the Corona epidemic. After the consent of both the countries, a decision has been taken to cancel the conference. This is the first time in nearly two decades that the summit is not being held. India on Wednesday issued a statement saying that keeping in mind the corona epidemic, it has been decided not to hold the conference this year.
Organized in Russia last year
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava (Anurag Srivastava), Giving information in this regard, said that keeping in mind the corona epidemic, it has been decided to cancel the annual India-Russia Annual Summit after mutual agreement between the governments of India and Russia. Last year the summit took place in Russia’s far eastern city of Vladivostok. Whereas in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin came to India to be part of it.
‘Strategic partnership is getting stronger’
Meanwhile, the Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev said that the strategic partnership between Russia and India is making good progress despite COVID-19. Speaking about the summit, he said that the two countries are discussing the new date of the conference and a decision will be taken soon. The Russian ambassador further said that India and Russia will continue to work towards strengthening their relations. As far as the conference is concerned, it will be held soon.
Relations have improved during Modi era
The opposition may say anything, but the relations between India and Russia have returned to warmth during the tenure of the Modi government. PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin have spoken to each other 4 times this year. Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh visited Moscow in September for the meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Apart from this, Rajnath Singh also went to Russia for the Victory Day Parade.
Many major conferences went virtual
International travel has been greatly affected by the Corona epidemic. This year, for the first time the annual UN General Assembly meeting and other major summits like G20, BRICS and SCO had to be held virtual. Indian Prime Minister’s last foreign visit was in November last year, since then PM Modi has not gone on any foreign trip due to COVID epidemic.