Secretary of State at the French Foreign Ministry, Clement Bon, regrets that Greece is allowing people vaccinated against coronavirus from Russian and Chinese manufacturers into the country.
“We do not condemn Greece, but we prefer that only the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency are recognized in Europe. I regret that Greece is doing this, allowing the arrival of people with vaccinations with other vaccines, ”he said on the air of the radio station. Europe 1, answering the question regarding the drugs from Russia and China.
Earlier, France urged the countries of the European Union not to recognize the coronavirus vaccines created in Russia and China. In turn in the Kremlin counted such a statement “discrimination that is unacceptable in a democratic society.” In particular, she wrote about this on Sunday in her Telegram channel official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova.
“We condemn France for such discriminatory remarks by its high-ranking official, which revive the spirit of neo-Nazi segregation in Europe,” she wrote.
An official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry believes that, given that this is not the first such statement by the French diplomatic service, this is not Bon’s personal opinion, but the country’s political position. Zakharova also stressed that the French Foreign Ministry has no right to dictate to countries what drugs to vaccinate. “It is not for the French Foreign Ministry to dictate to countries and peoples what vaccines to vaccinate,” she said.
According to the diplomat, such statements demonstrate that the French Foreign Ministry “is insulting for its country, which has failed to develop its own vaccine.” “The efforts of the French company, which tried very hard, but could not. We sympathize with the failure of France. We could honestly say to Clément Bon: France could not produce its vaccine, we envy everyone who could, we have been tasked with propaganda methods to counteract the success of countries that demonstrated to the world the achievements of their science, “she continued.
Zakharova also drew attention to the fact that the head of the French Covid Vaccine Committee Marie-Paul Chieny said that she considered the Russian Sputnik V vaccine effective. “She’s just not a propagandist like Clement Bon, but a virologist – research director of the French medical research institute INSERM,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman concluded.
Beijing also criticized Paris’ call.
China considers unacceptable France’s call not to recognize coronavirus vaccines that were produced in the Russian Federation and China. This was stated by an official representative of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Wang Wenbin, transfers TASS…
“We are strongly against the politicization of vaccine issues. These issues should not become the object of political interference, all the more they should not be used for the purpose of political fabrications, ”he said.
Currently, the EU has approved and used four drugs for coronavirus – Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer / BioNTech, nevertheless, the Russian Sputnik vaccine is actively used in several EU countries. And San Marino makes good money on tourists who come to the country to be vaccinated with the Russian vaccine.