Russia works with India to jointly produce Sputnik V vaccine: Russian envoy
Russia is working with India to co-produce the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Dr. Reddy’s laboratories for use in India, Russia and other countries, Nikolay Kudashev, Russian ambassador to India, said on Monday.
Speaking at the press conference, the Ambassador said: “We are working very hard to fight Covid-19 together with India, and now we are moving forward to jointly produce the Sputnik V vaccine at the capabilities of Dr. Reddy Laboratories to be used. in India, Russia and other countries. countries. “
“Many efforts are aimed at coordination at the international level, including the World Health Organization and BRICS, where we have advanced health mechanisms and initiatives, including the Tuberculosis Network, the Vaccine Research Center, the Alert System Early to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, “he said.
Noting that Russia is the “only foreign country so deeply involved in India’s nuclear power sector, contributing to national energy security,” the Ambassador said, “Our successful flagship project is the Russian-designed Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu “.
On defense cooperation, he said: “Our unrivaled defense cooperation based on real exchange of technologies and joint ventures helps India to advance local production and expand its military export potential. We are working on the co-development and co-production of equipment, components and spare parts, improving the after-sales service system and deepening the localization programs ”.
Speaking about next year’s Aero-India-2021, he said that Russia intends to be one of the largest exhibitors in which it will demonstrate Su-57, Su-35 and MiG-35 fighter jets, Ka-52 helicopters, Ka -226, Mi-17B-5, Mi-26, as well as the S-400 and Buk systems and many other new items and equipment.
He said: “Regarding the current agreements, we are making good progress, including with the supplies of the S-400. If the relevant decisions to start the works related to the production of Ka-226 helicopters and AK-203 rifles are accelerated, we will soon see good progress, which is especially important due to the deep interests expressed by the Indian armed forces. ” .
On interregional cooperation involving the vast potential of the Far East and the Arctic, he said that it is a “solid background to launch the bilateral forum of the regions of the two countries.” “Together we are working to expand the use of national currencies in trade, to ensure an early conclusion of the FTA between the Eurasian Economic Union and India and to reach USD 30 billion in mutual trade by 2025. Areas such as payment systems alternatives and information security would certainly support expanding the economic partnership. More opportunities will open with the reestablishment of the Vladivostok-Chennai direct sea route and the enhancement of the capacity of the North-South International Transport Corridor ”.
“Next year we will also mark the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first human space expedition, as well as the 50th anniversary of the USSR-India Peace, Friendship and Cooperation Treaty, among other important dates,” he said.
He further said that both countries have supported each other this year during the repatriation of thousands of Russian and Indian citizens to their respective countries of origin.
Recalling the meetings held between India and Russia at multiple levels amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Kudashev said: “The Covid-19 did not stop our bilateral engagements, although it did eventually affect the timing of our contacts, including the annual bilateral summit, which he hopes will be held in 2021 alongside other important high-level events, including the intergovernmental civil and defense commissions ”.
He said the year 2020 is “remarkable” as the Russian-Indian strategic partnership crossed the 20th anniversary and “exactly 10 years ago, on December 21, 2010, it was elevated to special and privileged status, signifying a profound convergence of our bilateral and international interests, as well as a great scope of goodwill to combine efforts to face various challenges ”.