The Kremlin completely opposes statements made by French President Emmanuel Macron who claimed that Moscow and Beijing abuse coronavirus vaccines as an influence tool. This was stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, TASS reports.
"These remarks by Mr. Macron slot into the sphere of our categoric differences. We completely disagree with the opinion that Russia and China are engaged in some vaccine war and abuse the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines as a certain leverage," Peskov stressed.
According to Peskov, Putin and Macron "have a whole range of topics that they categorically disagree with each other on which does not stand in the way of their dialogue."
On Thursday evening, the French leader claimed at a press conference that Russia and China "seek to exert influence" over the world with the vaccines they produce and noted that "a world war of a new type" is now underway to argue for a European "vaccine strategy and diplomacy" to manufacture enough doses and reach herd immunity on the continent.