The Russian Foreign Ministry qualified as discriminatory the restrictions on the Russian delegation’s attendance of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) autumn session because of the EU’s non-recognition of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik reports.
Last week, Russian senior lawmaker Pyotr Tolstoy who heads the delegation confirmed that the delegation would not travel to Strasbourg because of the restrictions and would participate in the autumn session remotely.
“We have always accepted understandingly the sanitary restrictions that countries are forced to introduce to counter the spreading of the coronavirus infection […] At the same time, the regime of entry and attendance that is in force in France for Russia’s official delegations can only be described as discriminatory,” the Russian Foreign Ministry commented.
The Ministry reminded that the Russian delegation at the PACE session would only be allowed to move between hotels and PACE buildings.
“In fact, Russian delegations are forced to work remotely, which puts us in an obviously unequal position compared to representatives of other countries […] And this is because the Russians are vaccinated with their domestic vaccines, not vaccines produced in the America or Europe,” the Russian Foreign Ministry continued.
The Ministry noted that even though Russian vaccines have not been certified by the European Medical Agency, other EU states do not restrict Russians in such a way, so no excuses and explanations convinced the Ministry that the demands were put right.