The head of Russian diplomacy deplored the evolution of the French position on the question of the authorization of Russian vaccines against the Covid and noted “unjustified attacks on the part of several Western countries” against them.
In an interview with the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, published this August 4, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on the attitude of the European Union (EU) and France towards Russian vaccines against Covid-19, including Sputnik V. He regretted a speech “more and more aggressive ”on the part of certain member countries, as well as a fluctuating French approach based on political rather than scientific criteria.
The speech of some representatives of the EU and its member countries is becoming more and more aggressive
First questioned about the recognition of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V by the European authorities, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov declared: “the question arises from a depoliticized and professional dialogue between the competent structures”. He deplored that “the speech of certain representatives of the EU and its member countries [devienne] more and more aggressive […] as the use of Sputnik V increases ”.
“If we previously spoke of the need to” remain vigilant “, lately they do not hesitate to launch direct appeals not to allow the entry of Sputnik V and foreigners who have been vaccinated with Sputnik V on the territory of the EU ”, specified the head of Russian diplomacy, recalling in passing that nearly 70 countries used Sputnik V, including eight in Europe (Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, San Marino, North Macedonia, Slovakia, Serbia, and Montenegro).
Sergey Lavrov sees a change in the French position on Sputnik V
Then, when asked about the fact that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called on EU countries not to recognize the vaccines created in Russia and China, Sergey Lavrov said he saw “unjustified attacks from the share of several Western countries against Russian vaccines “, while noting that” all specific questions are quickly answered in detail from the Russian Direct Investment Fund and experts from the institute [à l’origine du Spoutnik V] Gamaleïa ”.
Our French partners are considering this question of a purely scientific and humanitarian nature on the political level.
The diplomat then affirmed that the “French partners” were considering “this question of a purely scientific and humanitarian nature on the political level”. “This position is clearly in contradiction with the approach which was earlier envisaged by Paris”, then analyzed Sergey Lavrov, before explaining the situation in these terms: “We remember the words of President Emmanuel Macron according to which the decision to register the Russian drug “would be based not on political considerations but on scientific considerations”. My counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian said that if Sputnik V were approved and certified by the European Medicines Agency, as well as, in France, by the High Council of Public Health, there would be no obstacle to the dissemination of this vaccine. I would remind you that France was among the first countries with which we started a dialogue on this issue. ”
Despite scientific proof of its effectiveness and its use in EU member countries such as Slovakia or Hungary, France does not wish to recognize Sputnik V for the time being, considering that it should first receive the endorsed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). “We want vaccines [qui sont] recognized in Europe are only the four which are validated, it is not a question of policy, it is a scientific question ”, had just recently justified the Secretary of State Clément Beaune criticizing in passing the choice of Greece to recognize the Russian vaccine as part of its health pass. The French Secretary of State for European Affairs had already called on the European partners on July 8 not to recognize the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. Russian diplomacy then reacted firmly to the minister’s remarks.