EU friction over Sputnik V vaccine

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec28,2023 #friction #Sputnik
EU friction over Sputnik V vaccine 3
EU friction over Sputnik V vaccine 3

The Kremlin said last week that French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin met online to discuss the prospect of `approving Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in the European Union (EU).

The German side addressed this online meeting in a more moderate tone, including a clear note that Sputnik V can only be used if it meets European standards.

According to CNN commentator Luke McGee, most of the EU’s 27 member states appeared quite comfortable with the meeting between the three leaders.

A box of Covid-19 Sputnik V vaccine in Libya’s capital Tripoli on April 4.

Hungary and Slovakia have both licensed and ordered 4 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine. Several other countries, including Austria, are also preparing to order and deploy the Russian vaccine.

Austria’s move came after the country’s Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz publicly accused the European Commission of unfairly distributing Covid-19 vaccines among EU member states.

However, not everyone agrees with the meeting between Macron, Merkel and Putin, because of skepticism about Russia’s motives.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte even publicly accused President Putin of `not being interested in using vaccines to save the Russian people, but providing them to the world as a weapon to divide and control`.

However, Simonyte’s view is only a minority among EU leaders.

`Even if the EMA approves Sputnik V, the European Commission is very unlikely to add this vaccine to the list,` said an anonymous European diplomat.

Commentator McGee assessed that it will be a long time before Sputnik V is produced in EU laboratories, but some member states are worried, while the rest dismiss their worries, or even express their concern.

Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the British parliamentary foreign affairs committee, said that the EU was `extremely naive` when discussing Sputnik V. `We all know Russia is using the vaccine as a diplomatic tool. They use it to cause trouble.`

Oleg Ignatov, senior Russia analyst at the International Crisis Group, believes that Moscow’s main goal is to `win the soft power war by pushing Europe to recognize its vaccine, while also getting people in

According to commentator McGee, the pandemic has caused terrible consequences within Europe.

For allies, this may simply be internal friction.

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