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The Russian Ambassador to Nicaragua, Andrei Budaev, confirmed this Friday the plans to produce the Sputnik V vaccine, developed to face the COVID-19 pandemic, in a laboratory in Managua.
“Currently there are plans to expand the range of pharmaceutical products, the possibility of producing the Russian vaccine against coronavirus is even being studied”Said the Russian diplomat, during an official ceremony.
He recalled that in Managua there is the Russia-Nicaragua vaccine production plant, baptized with the name of Elie Mechnikov in honor of the Russian microbiologist recognized as one of the promoters of immunology, which is with whom they would coordinate the role of Nicaragua in Russian vaccines.
On August 15, Russia began producing its first vaccine against COVID-19, dubbed Sputnik V and that it has been received with suspicion by the international scientific community due to the speed of the trials and the little information about the drug.
THEY WILL SUPPORT THE FIGHT IN CENTRAL AMERICA
During the ceremony, in which Budaev was decorated by the Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, Denis Moncada, with the José de Marcoleta Order in the Degree of Grand Cross at the end of his four-year mission in this country, the ambassador also announced that are coordinating support for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Central America.
He said that this cooperation would be made through the Central American Integration System (SICA), whose temporary presidency is held by Nicaragua, the country that proposed him to join that body as an observer.
During the event, the diplomat thanked Nicaragua for its support and co-sponsorship « to Russian proposals in different multilateral organizations”, And highlighted bilateral cooperation.
« In recent years, bilateral cooperation has advanced successfully in different fields: in the economy, in security, in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, emergency situations, education and training of specialists in different fields, » he said.
He explained that the links between the two nations are developing « on the principles of equality, mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs and common benefit”.
In this sense, he highlighted the creation, on the outskirts of Managua, of a anti-drug training center that prepares operational agents for all of Central America, including Latin America and the Caribbean.
Also an emergency operations center, the donation of a fire helicopter and other specialized technical equipment, Russian buses, a supply of wheat, a Russian center for learning the language, culture and traditions, and the new embassy complex.
For his part, the Nicaraguan Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that Russia promotes the “peace diplomacy, solidarity cooperation, friendship and respect between two brother countries that love and promote international peaceful coexistence, stability and a better future for humanity”.
NICARAGUA, “VERY IMPORTANT” PARTNER OF RUSSIA
At the ceremony he was present Laureano Ortega Murillo, son of the country’s president, Daniel Ortega, and his wife, the vice president Rosario Murillo, among other members of the Nicaraguan government cabinet.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Ambassador Budaev gave the Nicaraguan Foreign Minister copies of his two works written in the country: the book « Nicaragua so distant and so close » and the collection of poems « My Nicaraguan reflections. »
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has said that Nicaragua is a partner “very important”From Russia in Latin America.
Russia, a former Nicaraguan ally that during the first Sandinista regime (1979-1990) provided Soviet weapons to the Nicaraguan Armed Forces, established diplomatic relations with Managua in 1944.
Since the Sandinista Ortega returned to the Presidency in 2007, Nicaragua and Russia have strengthened their relations in all fields.
Nicaragua is one of the few countries, along with Venezuela and the small island states of Nauru and Tuvalu, that have joined Russia in recognizing the independence of the separatist Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
(With information from .)
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