Hungary has undergone a “large-scale political attack” because of its position on the Russian vaccine against the Sputnik V coronavirus, said Foreign Minister Peter Siyjarto.
“None of those who attacked us asked: “What do your experts say? Is it really effective, safe?” No, we were attacked simply because we decided to turn our gaze to the east, instead of looking only to the west,” the minister said in an interview.
As Siyarto noted, more and more Western leaders are calling for the Russian drug to be added to the list of approved vaccines. In his opinion, many European countries made the mistake of giving vaccination an ideological character. The minister also believes that the European Union has chosen the wrong strategy for purchasing vaccines, which is confirmed by the lack of drugs in European countries.
On March 15, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Siyarto discussed by phone the supply of Sputnik V to Hungary. The first batch of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine was delivered to Hungary in early February.
Earlier, Siyarto said that he had been vaccinated against the coronavirus with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.