In a thumping sign that “relations between India and Russia [have] soured in recent years”, it has come to light that Russia abruptly cancelled an INDRA-series naval exercise with India last month and has now cancelled an INDRA-series army exercise scheduled for June, reports India Today magazine senior editor Sandeep Unnithan. The Russians apparently notified the Indian contingent of its decision on the naval exercise inappropriately late — well, after the five participating Indian warships (including five destroyers) steamed into Vladivostok.
Read the full report here. Hardcore.
[UPDATE @ 12.54PM / MAY 30] The Indian Navy has sent an official report on Russia’s snub, to India’s Foreign Ministry. An MoD officer said the Navy was furious about the way the Russians pulled from the INDRA exercise. A senior source indicated that even the face-saving table-top exercise, referred to in the India Today piece didn’t actually happen.
Photo by Naresh Kumar / MoD Photo Division [From the last INDRA exercise in Oct 2010]