Maas says cooperation with Russia and China on pandemic control important

It should not be about achieving short-term geostrategic advantages, German foreign minister said

Maas says cooperation with Russia and China on pandemic control important

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said it was important to cooperate with Russia and China on pandemic control and vaccination. Maas said this on Tuesday, speaking to journalists on arrival at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Twenty (G20).

“It is important that we are sitting here at the negotiating table with countries like Russia and China”, – he said.  – “We will draw attention to the fact that we do not share their vaccine diplomacy”, –  the minister added.-  “It should not be about [as far as the vaccination campaign is concerned] achieving short-term geostrategic advantages, but we need to fight this pandemic together”, –  Maas argued. – “Each of us will only be safe if everyone is safe”, – he added.

Touching on possible restrictions on international transport in the face of the spread of the coronavirus, Maas noted that Germany “will act in a differentiated way” on this issue.

“We want to move away from common solutions”, –  he said. The minister pointed out that the German authorities were closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of the Delta strain, including in Russia and Portugal.

As of today, both countries have been officially included in the FRG’s list of countries where dangerous mutations of the coronavirus are spreading. This means that the rules for entering Germany have been tightened. In particular, transport links are being reduced. Those arriving from Russia or Portugal in the FRG will have to leave for a 14-day quarantine period, regardless of the result of a PCR test or vaccination.

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