Israel wants Russia’s covid-19 vaccine

By Monitoring Desk
Tuesday – November 17, 2020
MOSCOW (Russia): Israeli prime minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu discussed with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, Monday, the prospects for cooperation regarding the Russian coronavirus (covid-19) vaccine.

According to press releases, both the leaders, in a telephone conversation, discussed bilateral cooperation between interested agencies and organisations, in particular, the prospects for cooperation regarding the Russian vaccine, including distribution and production in Israel.

Russian president Putin spoke by telephone with Israeli PM Netanyahu at the initiative of the Israeli side.

The two leaders focused on efforts to counter the spread of the coronavirus. They had a detailed discussion of the restrictive and preventive measures the two countries were taking.

In addition, the developments in the Middle East were also discussed.

The two sides agreed to maintain contact at various levels.

Separately, in his telephone conversation with French president Emmanuel Macron, Monday, Russian president Putin discussed the developments around Nagorno-Karabakh, considering that Russia and France are co-chairs of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group (OSCE-MG).

Russian president Putin informed his counterpart about the active mediation efforts Russia had taken that made it possible to stop the bloodshed and avoid new victims, as well as about the deployment of Russian peacekeeping troops along the line of contact and the Lachin corridor.

It was noted that the statement by the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan and the PM of Armenia on November 9 is being implemented, and the general situation in the region has stabilised.

After expressing their readiness to coordinate work between the co-chairs of the OSCE-MG – Russia, France and the United States (US) — the presidents emphasised the importance of addressing urgent humanitarian issues, including returning refugees to their permanent homes, ensuring normal living conditions for the population, restoring the infrastructure, and preserving Christian temples and monasteries.

In this context, Russian president Putin informed about the establishment of the Russian humanitarian response centre.

The two leaders touched upon certain issues of bilateral cooperation, including in the sphere of joint efforts to counter the terrorist threat.

They praised the talks between French interior minister (IM) Gerald Darmanin and heads of specialised Russian agencies held in Moscow on November 11–12.