Issuing a clarification this evening, the Russian Information Centre (RIC) head Ekaterina Belyakova stated that "First Deputy Speaker of Parliament of the Russian Federation, Ivan Melnikov offered to convene a 'round table' to make proposals to improve the availability of new, safe tourist destinations for Russians such as Cuba, south Vietnam and southern China.”
"Our statement did not have any information regarding removal of India from the list of 'safe' countries or including India in the list of 'unsafe' countries as was mentioned in several reports and headlines published in Indian media,” RIC head said.
"The name of India and Goa may have not come up often during the discussion but that does not mean that Goa or India has been declared unsafe. The focus was to show that prospective avenues will open if Goa becomes an alternative destination instead of Egypt and Turkey," Belyakova told reporters.
The reports had quoted Belyakova as saying that 'both India and Goa were not considered as good destinations for Russian travellers'.

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