Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vladimir Putin will not hold the annual India-Russia summit, Reuters reported, citing government sources in New Delhi.
Bloomberg reported earlier on Friday that the decision to cancel the Russia-India summit was made after Putin’s veiled threats to use nuclear weapons in war in Ukraine. An anonymous Reuters source in the Indian government explained that the decision not to hold the summit was made much earlier and that the nuclear issue was not a factor in it.
Putin last visited New Delhi in December 2021 for the 21st annual India-Russia Summit. Russian President with Modi they met recently in September on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistanwhere they talked several times, including about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
India, which along with China has become one of the largest buyers of Russian oil since the beginning of the war in late February, has not unequivocally condemned what Russia calls “special operation” on Ukraine.
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