A Kharkiv resident has filed a lawsuit with the Kiev District Administrative Court, in which he requires the Ministry of Health of Ukraine to provide citizens of the country with the opportunity to be vaccinated with the Russian vaccine against the Sputnik V coronavirus, the the Kiev District Administrative Court press service reported on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the Minister of Health of Ukraine Maxim Stepanov reiterated that the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 would not be in the country, and called for observing “information hygiene” and not “playing along with Russia”.
“The District Administrative Court of the city of Kiev registered a claim from a Kharkiv resident against the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and Minister Maxim Stepanov. The plaintiff asks the court to oblige the Ministry of Health, as the central executive body in the health sector, to take measures to provide citizens wishing to be vaccinated against coronavirus infection with the Sputnik V vaccine”, – reads a posting on the court’s website.
Another of the requirements the plaintiff indicated was to oblige Maxim Stepanov to write a letter of resignation of the Minister of Health of Ukraine.
Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law that prohibits the use in the country of vaccines developed “in the aggressor state”.
Relations between Moscow and Kiev have deteriorated against the background of the situation in Donbass. The Ukrainian authorities have previously repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in the country’s internal affairs. In January 2015, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a statement in which the Russian Federation is called the “aggressor country”.
Russia denies the accusations of the Ukrainian side and calls them unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict and is interested in Kiev overcoming the political and economic crisis.U.S. fails tests of intercontinental ballistic missile