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WTO head says pandemic-related trade barriers are rising
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Emma Farge | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoThe head of the World Trade Organization said on Monday that trade barriers related to medical supplies used against COVID-19 had risen and urged member states to drop them, as it intensified efforts to reach a deal on vaccine-sharing. "The trend is going in the wrong direction," WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told a virtual U.N. forum, referring to barriers on goods trade related to the pandemic. "We need to bring those restrictions down so we can move ... medical goods and supplies and vaccines (faster)." One such measure is the European Union's export authorisation scheme for COVID-19 vaccines, which is set to expire on 30 June. Most developing countries support the waiver but several wealthy countries remain strongly opposed, saying it will deter research that allowed COVID-19 vaccines to be produced so quickly.
Persons: Johnson, Dado Ruvic, Ngozi Okonjo, Iweala Organizations: AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Biontech, Sputnik, REUTERS, World Trade Organization, WTO, International Chamber of Commerce, Thomson Locations: European, Okonjo
WTO head hopes for deal by July on vaccine-sharing
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
Vials labelled "AstraZeneca, Pfizer - Biontech, Johnson&Johnson, Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine" are seen in this illustration picture taken May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoThe head of the World Trade Organization said on Monday she hoped that members could reach an agreement by July on improving access to COVID-19 vaccines after months of talks on waiving drug firms' intellectual property rights. "It's going to be tough because there are still differences but we hope we can get to a pragmatic approach," Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told a virtual U.N. forum. "I'm in a hurry and I want us to get some agreement by July because lives are important." Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Johnson, Dado Ruvic, Iweala Organizations: AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Biontech, Sputnik, REUTERS, World Trade Organization, Thomson
Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to U.S.
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.90   time to read: +2 min
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Kremlin via REUTERSPresident Vladimir Putin has said Russia would be ready to hand over cyber criminals to the United States if Washington did the same for Moscow and the two powers reached an agreement to that effect. Putin also praised Biden for having shown "professionalism" when the United States and Russia agreed this year to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty. That issue is in the spotlight after a cyber attack disrupted the North American and Australian operations of meatpacker JBS USA. Asked if Russia would be prepared to find and prosecute cyber criminals, Putin said Russia's behaviour here would depend on formal agreements being reached by Moscow and Washington.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Smirnov, Putin, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: St ., Economic, Sputnik, Kremlin, American, Russian Federation, Thomson Locations: St, St . Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia, United States, Washington, Moscow, Geneva, Libya, Syria, U.S
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. "NATO's approach to Russia is based on what we call a dual track approach, defense and dialogue," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNBC's Hadley Gamble from Brussels. The comments come ahead of an anticipated summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16. "But we will make sure that we are responding to new Russian military buildups, including with nuclear weapons," he said. "We're not seeking conflict with Russia," Biden said prior to the summit.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Smirnov, Jens Stoltenberg, CNBC's Hadley Gamble, Joe Biden, Stoltenberg, Donald Trump, Biden, Russia thanTrump, " Stoltenberg, spokespeople, Timothy Ash, Putin, We're, I've Organizations: St ., Economic, Sputnik, Reuters NATO, CNBC, NATO, NBC News, INF, Nuclear Forces, Treaty, Moscow, U.S, Alliance, European Command, White, Kremlin, Wealth Fund, Washington Locations: St, St . Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Brussels, U.S, Geneva, Ukraine's Crimean, Ukraine, Georgia, Crimea, Russian, Baltic, Poland, Moscow, United States
Philippines to give vaccinated elderly more freedom to encourage inoculation
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A health worker administers a dose of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, as economic workers queue to get vaccinated at Robinsons Place, in Manila, Philippines, June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa LopezThe Philippines will exempt elderly people who have been fully vaccinated from stay-at-home orders to encourage more to get inoculated and help authorities meet COVID-19 immunisation targets, officials said on Friday. "Get vaccinated to enjoy the incentive of going out to exercise and chat with your fellow senior citizen," health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a news conference. Recording nearly 1.3 million infections and more than 22,300 deaths, the Philippines is battling the second-highest COVID-19 caseload in the region, next to Indonesia. The Philippines started vaccinating around 35 million people working outside their homes this week to curb virus transmission and help open the economy, but the inoculation drive was hit by a delay in vaccine deliveries.
Persons: Eloisa Lopez, Harry Roque, Maria Rosario Vergeire Organizations: Russian Sputnik, Robinsons, REUTERS, Seniors, Thomson Locations: Russian, Manila, Philippines, Indonesia
Particularly coming out of World War II, the Soviet Union and the United States were the global leaders in vaccine science. So while the technology was developed in the United States, there just was no way to test this in the United States. And they visited with American scientists and asked for a sample of this new polio vaccine to bring back to the Soviet Union. And the live polio vaccine sample was carried to the Soviet Union by one account in the pocket of Mikhail Chumakov. And they decide that they will provide the live polio vaccine to their own young children on sugar cubes.
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Putin says relations with U.S. at lowest point in years
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Kremlin via REUTERSRussian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with NBC News ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden next week, said U.S.-Russia relations are at their lowest point in recent years. "We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years," Putin said, according to an NBC translation of the interview broadcast on Friday. In the interview, Putin praised former President Donald Trump as "an extraordinary individual, talented individual," and said Biden, as a career politician, was "radically different" from Trump. Asked about Biden calling him a killer in an interview in March, Putin said he had heard dozens of such accusations.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Smirnov, Joe Biden, Putin, Biden, Donald Trump Organizations: St ., Economic, Sputnik, Kremlin, REUTERS, NBC, U.S, Trump, Thomson Locations: St, St . Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia, U.S, Geneva
Abu Dhabi restricts many public areas to those free of COVID
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
A man receives a dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates December 28, 2020. The restrictions will also apply to gyms, hotels and their facilities, public parks, beaches, swimming pools, entertainment centres, cinemas, and museums, Abu Dhabi's media office said. Visitors will have to prove they have been vaccinated or have recently tested negative through the country's COVID-19 app, which displays an individual's vaccination and testing history. Individuals who have not been vaccinated will need to be tested every three days to maintain their green status. In Abu Dhabi, those immunised with the Chinese-made Sinopharm shot are also able to take a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech as a booster.
Persons: Abdel Hadi Ramahi, Abu Dhabi Organizations: United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, COVID, United Arab, UAE, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sputnik, Thomson Locations: Dubai, United Arab, UAE, United Arab Emirates, Abu, Abu Dhabi
Putin to arrive in Geneva on June 16 for Biden summit - report
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.90   time to read: 1 min
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony launching the Amur gas processing plant managed by Gazprom company via video link outside Moscow, Russia June 9, 2021. Sputnik/Sergei Ilyin/Kremlin via REUTERSRussian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Geneva on June 16, the same day he is set to meet U.S. President Joe Biden there, Russia's TASS news agency quoted his spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Thursday. Peskov also confirmed the two leaders would meet in the 18th-century Villa La Grange overlooking Lake Geneva. read moreOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Sergei Ilyin, Joe Biden, Dmitry Peskov, Peskov Organizations: Gazprom, Sputnik, REUTERS, U.S, TASS, Grange, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, Kremlin, Geneva, Lake Geneva
Doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen at a vaccination centre in Zilina, Slovakia June 7, 2021. read moreThose restrictions undercut the impact of the approval and echo a cautious approach to the Russian vaccine among many Western regulators, including the European Medicines Agency. Previously, Anvisa had rejected Sputnik V in April. The Russian vaccine, already in use in Latin American peers such as Mexico and Argentina, will undergo quality checks in Brazilian labs. Among Anvisa's conditions for allowing Sputnik V imports: Use must be suspended immediately if there is a negative finding by the WHO.
Persons: Radovan Stoklasa, Anvisa, Sputnik, Gonzalo Vecina, immunologist Jorge Kalil, RDIF Organizations: Sputnik, REUTERS, European Medicines Agency, University of Sao, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, Gamaleya, World Health Organization, WHO, Thomson Locations: Zilina, Slovakia, Russian, Brazil, United States, University of Sao Paulo, Mexico, Argentina
With uptake of Russia's coronavirus shot Sputnik V sluggish among its own citizens, Russia is considering launching Covid vaccination travel packages for tourists. Russian state news agency Tass cited one of the country's tourism industry chiefs as saying the "vaccination tours" were ready, but that visas and entry requirements for foreign visitors were holding them up. Russia is keen to revive its tourism industry as it looks to exit the Covid pandemic. It has since eased entry restrictions provided that visitors present negative Covid tests before travel. Vaccine tourism could prove popular for people in countries that have struggled to get their own immunization programs off the ground.
Persons: Basil, Andrei Ignatyev, Ignatyev, Vladimir Putin, Putin Organizations: Russian Union of Travel Industry, St Petersburg, Economic, Sputnik Locations: Moscow, Russia, Russian, India, Delhi
Explainer: India's vaccine policy flip-flops
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( Krishna Das | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
India has given the required two doses to less than 5% of its estimated 950 million adults. It is currently using domestically made doses of the AstraZeneca PLC (AZN.L) vaccine and Indian company Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. India - the world's biggest producer of vaccines for polio, diphtheria and other diseases - sold or donated more than 66 million COVID-19 vaccine shots to 95 countries until the middle of April. read moreModi reversed the policy on Monday, saying the federal government would offer vaccines to all adults free of charge starting June 21. read moreModi said in a televised address all vaccine decisions have been taken based on consultations with state leaders.
Persons: India's COVID, Narendra Modi, Bharat Biotech's, Johnson, Modi, SII Organizations: AstraZeneca PLC, Bharat, INDIA, Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, Pfizer, Sputnik, United, Serum Institute of India, AstraZeneca, Thomson Locations: China, United States, India, Britain, Brazil, U.S, COVID
A health worker receives a dose of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Dakar, Senegal February 24, 2021. Under the agreement, the Institut Pasteur would use vaccine production technology developed by Univercells to supply COVID-19 vaccine shots to countries across West Africa. Timing depends on Univercells securing regulatory approval for a vaccine production site in Belgium. Univercells also has its own COVID-19 vaccine candidate, being developed with Germany's Leukocare and Italian firm ReiThera, which has completed Phase II trials. STRATEGIC PLANAfrica's struggles to secure vaccine supplies exposed its vulnerability to health crises and pushed governments to find ways to boost medicine and vaccine production.
Persons: Univercells, Kate Antrobus, Antrobus, Amadou Sall, Johnson, Germany's Leukocare, John Nkengasong, Tony Blair, It's Organizations: REUTERS, Belgian, Reuters, Institut Pasteur, Univercells, Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sputnik, World Health Organization, UNICEF, Donors, European, Union, Africa's Biovac, Aspen, EU, African Union, for Disease Control, McKinsey, Company, Tony Blair Institute for Global, Thomson Locations: Dakar, Senegal, Zohra, Senegal's, West Africa, Belgium, Africa, United States, European Union, U.K, South Africa, Rwanda, Morocco, Egypt, Aspen Pharmacare, U.S, COVID
Russia's Sechin warns of oil shortage amid drive for green energy
  + stars: | 2021-06-05 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
Chief Executive of oil producer Rosneft Igor Sechin attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia February 15, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERSIgor Sechin, the head of Russian oil major Rosneft (ROSN.MM), said on Saturday the world was facing an acute shortage of oil due to underinvestments amid a drive for alternative energy. He also told an online session of St Petersburg's economic forum that a court order to deepen carbon cuts for Shell (RDSa.L) was a new form of risk for oil majors. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Rosneft Igor Sechin, Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Klimentyev, REUTERS Igor Sechin Organizations: Sputnik, REUTERS, Shell, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, Kremlin
Brazil approves imports of Russia's Sputnik V, India's Covaxin vaccines
  + stars: | 2021-06-05 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan holds a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, during a vaccination campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, India, January 16, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiBrazilian health regulator Anvisa on Friday voted to approve imports of Russia's Sputnik V and India's Covaxin COVID-19 vaccines, but with conditions on both. The 4-1 vote by Anvisa's board follows rulings in April to reject Brazilian states' request for Sputnik V due to a lack of data guaranteeing its safety, quality and effectiveness, and in March to reject Covaxin because it did not meet Anvisa's manufacturing standards. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Harsh Vardhan, Bharat Biotech's, Adnan Abidi, Covaxin Organizations: Indian, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, REUTERS, Sputnik, Thomson Locations: New Delhi, India
Putin says US threats smack of Soviet Union's fatal mistakes
  + stars: | 2021-06-05 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Kremlin via REUTERSRussian President Vladimir Putin said the United States was wrong to think that it is "powerful enough" to get away with threatening other countries, a mistake, he said, that led to the downfall of the former Soviet Union. Putin made the comments during a press briefing late on Friday as he spoke about U.S. sanctions against Moscow, according to Russia's news agency TASS. It is all done within the context of the United States' domestic political process," Putin was quoted as saying. "The people who do this, they probably assume that the United States has such economic, military and political might that it can get away with that.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Smirnov, Putin, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: St ., Economic, Sputnik, Kremlin, REUTERS, Soviet Union, Moscow, U.S, White, Thomson Locations: St, St . Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia, United States, Soviet Union, Geneva, Washington
Chief Executive of oil producer Rosneft Igor Sechin attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia February 15, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERSIgor Sechin, the head of Russian oil major Rosneft (ROSN.MM), said on Saturday the world was facing an acute oil shortage in the long-term due to underinvestment amid a drive for alternative energy, while demand for oil continued to rise. One of the reasons for underinvestment is energy majors trying to raise shareholder income via share buybacks and dividend increases, he added. Sechin also warned that new government subsidies and tax breaks to companies for a speedy decarbonisation of the economy would put a higher burden on state budgets, making alternative energy expensive. Meanwhile, a court order to deepen carbon cuts for Shell (RDSa.L) was a new form of risk for oil majors, he said.
Persons: Rosneft Igor Sechin, Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Klimentyev, REUTERS Igor Sechin, Sechin Organizations: Sputnik, REUTERS, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, Kremlin, Texas
Putin accuses U.S. of using dollar as tool of economic, political war
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.85   time to read: 1 min
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Kremlin via REUTERSRussian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of using the dollar as a tool of economic and political war and said Russia may consider settling transactions for oil and gas in other national currencies and the euro. Speaking at an annual economic forum in St Petersburg, Putin said it would be a serious blow to the U.S. dollar if Russia's oil companies stopped using the currency, but that Moscow did not want to do that. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Smirnov, Putin Organizations: St ., Economic, Sputnik, Kremlin, REUTERS, U.S, Thomson Locations: St, St . Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia, United States, St Petersburg, Moscow
Russia’s Putin Opens Door to Covid-19 Vaccine Tourism
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( Georgi Kantchev | Ann M. Simmons | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—President Vladimir Putin tasked his government with paving the way for foreigners to pay to get vaccinated in Russia against Covid-19, expanding the Kremlin’s “vaccine diplomacy” push amid what it views as discrimination against the homegrown Sputnik V shot. Moscow has sold its Sputnik V vaccine overseas and the shot has been authorized by over 60 nations, though it has faced production limits at home and abroad. Russia’s vaccination rate has lagged other nations, partly due to one of the world’s highest levels of vaccine hesitancy. The slow rate means Russia will be hard pressed to reach its target of vaccinating 60% of its population by the fall, public-health experts say. It is unclear how much demand there would be for Russia’s vaccine tourism plan, as many European countries have ample supply of vaccines, though developing countries still face a supply crunch.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, , Mr, Putin Organizations: Covid, Sputnik, St ., Economic, Moscow, Oxford University Locations: PETERSBURG, Russia, St, St . Petersburg, U.S
Putin inks law to ban 'extremists' from elections amid Navalny crackdown
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with leaders of the United Russia party via a video conference in Sochi, Russia June 2, 2021. Putin's approval of the law comes days before a court will consider outlawing Navalny's anti-corruption foundation and regional campaign groups on the grounds they are extremist. Russia has in the past labelled as "extremist" neo-Nazi and far-right groups, Islamist organisations and the Jehovah's Witnesses. read moreIf Russia formally declares Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation and regional groups extremist, authorities will gain the formal power to jail activists and freeze their bank accounts. The case has already prompted Navalny's allies to disband the regional groups.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Sergei Ilyin, Alexei Navalny, Lyubol Sobol, Putin, Navalny, Navalny's Organizations: United, Sputnik, REUTERS, Friday, State Duma, Nazi, Corruption Foundation, Thomson Locations: United Russia, Sochi, Russia, Kremlin, State
With nearly 80,000 dead, Argentines struggle under weight of COVID-19
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
An employee checks the temperature of a woman at the entrance to a school, amid a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases , in Buenos Aires, Argentina April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian/File Photo/File PhotoFor lawyer Lidia Alverisi, Argentina's COVID-19 pandemic has taken an almost unbearable toll. By Friday, Argentina was within a hair's breadth of confirming 80,000 deaths among its 45 million citizens from the disease, with a total of nearly 3.9 million cases. At present it ranks the third-highest in the world for average daily cases, with more total recorded per capita cases than regional giant Brazil. Argentina is inoculating its citizens against COVID-19 with Russia's Sputnik V vaccines, the AstraZeneca jab developed with Oxford University and Chinese-made Sinopharm.
Persons: Agustin Marcarian, Lidia Alverisi, Argentina's, it's, Martina Dawin, Diego Peralta, Alberto Fernandez, Carla Vizzotti, Roberto Debbag Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Argentina ´, COVID, Russia's Sputnik, AstraZeneca, Oxford University, Thomson Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Brazil
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to encourage "vaccine tourism," where foreign citizens can visit the country to get a free Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. "There is widespread practice where business people and heads of companies come specifically to Russia to get a jab against the coronavirus," Putin told the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Moscow Times reported. He added that he wanted "to be able to organize the conditions for foreign citizens to come to Russia and get vaccinated on a commercial basis." The Russian Direct Investment Fund, the organization that's promoting Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, said on Twitter on Friday that it would be able to launch vaccine tourism by July 2021. Please check back for more updates.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Putin Organizations: St ., Economic, Moscow Times, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Sputnik, Twitter Locations: Russia, St . Petersburg
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday requested the government prepare the way for foreign citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in the country for an undisclosed fee. "We can also provide foreign citizens with a chance to come to Russia and get vaccinated here. Russia has approved four Covid vaccines for domestic use. Russia has been criticized for pursuing a strategy of selling or donating Covid vaccines abroad in order to extend its influence worldwide. Putin's comments come as pressure intensifies on the world's wealthiest countries to do more to broaden the global access of Covid vaccines.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Putin Organizations: St ., Economic, Covid, Economic Forum, Sputnik, Equitable, WHO, World Trade Organization, EU Locations: St, St . Petersburg, Russian, Russia, India, South Africa, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, Canada, Australia, Brazil
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Kremlin via REUTERSPresident Vladimir Putin said on Friday that hacking allegations which some have linked to Russia were an attempt to provoke a political dispute ahead of a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden on June 16, Interfax news agency reported. He also said that he expected his summit with Biden, which is set to take place in Geneva, to be held in a positive atmosphere, though he anticipated no breakthrough. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Smirnov, Joe Biden Organizations: St ., Economic, Sputnik, Kremlin, Biden, Thomson Locations: St, St . Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Geneva
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Anatoly Maltsev/Pool via REUTERSRussia may provide coronavirus vaccinations for a fee to foreigners who travel to the country, President Vladimir Putin told an economic forum on Friday, as Moscow seeks to enhance its global reputation with its Sputnik V vaccine. Addressing the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Putin said many people are coming to Russia to get a shot. The health minister said last week around 17 million of Russia's 144 million people had received at least one dose. Moscow pitches the gathering as the Russian version of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Anatoly Maltsev, Putin, Igor Sechin, Bob Dudley, Bernard Looney Organizations: St ., Economic, REUTERS, Sputnik, St Petersburg, World Health Organization, European Medicines Agency, European Union, Reuters, BP Plc, Thomson Locations: St, St . Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia, REUTERS Russia, Moscow, Davos, Switzerland, Rosneft
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