By letter dated 6 April, the Russian side requested Slovakia to return the supply of Sputnik V vaccines for breach of contract.
Igor Matovich’s trip to Moscow may be an attempt to reverse this situation. The Russian side confirmed the talks between the director of the Russian investment fund RDIF Kirill Dmitriev and the Slovak prime minister. The fund also includes the production of vaccines.
For repeated breaches of contract, RDIF is requesting the return of the vaccines it has supplied to Slovakia so that they can be used in other countries.
“We hope that Slovakia will resolve its internal disputes and we are determined to work together to overcome COVID-19. Vaccines should save lives and should not be used in geopolitical and domestic struggles. We are stronger together, “the company stated on Twitter.
According to the Russian side, the Slovak State Institute for Drug Control (ŠÚKL) sabotaged the Russian vaccine through a disinformation campaign also by testing it in a laboratory that is not part of the network of official EU laboratories, which was contrary to the existing treaty.
The fund considers the opinion of ŠÚKL as misinformation that the batch of Sputnik V does not have the same properties as the vaccine described in the Lancet magazine and claims that ŠÚKL is also planning “further provocations” against the Russian vaccine. The Russian side says that all vaccine supplies are under the strict control of the Gamaley Institute, where it was developed and its quality confirmed by regulators in 59 countries around the world.
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