Citizens vaccinated with the “wrong” foreign vaccine do have problems. But Latvia’s “anti-Russian policy” has nothing to do with it. European Union back in early July proposed Russia the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates (without the certification of the vaccines themselves). Russia has expressed interest, but negotiations are proceeding slowly, and, according to the EU Ambassador to Russia, Markus Ederer, through the fault of the Russian side. October 8 he stated in an interview with RBC:
– Two and a half months ago, in July, we provided the Ministry of Health of Russia with all the necessary information and requirements necessary for making a decision on the recognition of the equivalence of Russian certificates and digital COVID certificates of the EU (so that the Russian certificate of vaccination was recognized in the European Union and vice versa. – RBC ). Such decisions on equivalence have already been taken in relation to 16 countries, including Israel, Turkey, North Macedonia. Another 15 countries are on the way to this. The Russian side has not yet prepared the necessary documents to be sent to the European Commission in Brussels. I regret this, because the mutual recognition of equivalence, including the recognition by Russia, in turn, of the EU’s digital COVID certificates would definitely make life easier for people traveling both ways. After all, then travelers who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus, which is also displayed in the certificate, would not be subject to quarantine measures in the respective countries.
On the same day, October 8, RBC reportedthat the Russian Ministry of Health sent the necessary documents to the EU Delegation, and Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov admittedthat in the negotiations with the EU there were “mutual misunderstandings”, but “now the work is being carried out in a constructive manner.” October 13 press service of the Ministry of Health statedthat the negotiation process and bilateral consultations are ongoing.
For some reason, Vesti does not pay attention to the fact that the residents of Russia, vaccinated abroad, found themselves in exactly the same situation as the hero of the plot. Restrictions for the unvaccinated in Russia are not as strict as they are now in Latvia, but in many places it is impossible to work without a certificate, and in a number of regions introduced and visiting public places using QR codes. But “Vesti” turned out to be more interesting not to understand the situation, but to accuse the Latvian authorities of “anti-Russian policy”.