The Hungarian authorities commended Russia's work in the fight against the pandemic, especially in terms of supplies of the Sputnik V vaccine, the Ministry of Industry and Trade reported following a bilateral meeting between the head of the ministry Denis Manturov and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó.
"After lengthy negotiations, we finally signed an agreement in January on supplies of Russian Sputnik V vaccine to Hungary. Even at that moment I had my doubts that everything would work out because of the great uncertainty in all spheres of life caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But Denis Manturov, from negotiations to the delivery of vaccines, demonstrated confidence in the successful completion of this deal," the Hungarian minister was quoted as saying in the report.
He noted that "the best proof of that" was the 2 million Sputnik V components delivered, which Hungary has already used 99.9% of. "If we had not signed this agreement and the Russian side had not done everything possible to deliver the vaccine as soon as possible, we would not have been able to conduct the fastest inoculation campaign against Covid-19 in the European Union," Szijjártó noted.
During the meeting, the Head of the Office Denis Manturov was awarded the Order of the Middle Cross with Star of the Republic of Hungary, which is the highest award the country bestows on a foreign national.
"I am very grateful to you and the leadership of the Republic of Hungary for this appreciation of our joint work. Our work on the fight against coronavirus included not only supplies of vaccines but also supplies of ventilators to Hungary. It would have been impossible without the help of the Hungarian side that facilitated supplies of components from Western Europe," Denis Manturov noted.
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