Vaccine maker brace for complications with Russia

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Vaccine maker brace for complications with Russia

A South Korean pharmaceutical company that manufactures Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine says it is preparing for business complexity as U.S.-led Western countries are tightening sanctions against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. ..

Recently expanded US sanctions include targeted measures against the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a sovereign wealth fund run by President Vladimirputin’s close ally, which sells Sputnik vaccine globally. I am.

Kim Ki-young, a Seoul-based GL Rapha official, said sanctions would not directly impede the production of shots, as the measures are not targeted at essential medicines.

However, the company is concerned about potential financial problems as South Korea joins the United States and many European countries and separates major Russian banks from the global payment system.

“Now we are watching how the situation evolves,” Kim said.


United Arab Emirates states that Ukrainians can enter without a visa

The United Arab Emirates states that Ukrainian passport holders will continue to qualify for visas after arriving in the Gulf countries.

A statement from the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said the UAE’s Ukrainian embassy said the Gulf countries had re-imposed visa requirements on Ukrainians and suspended visa-free travel agreements between the two countries. I have responded to the news.

The energy-rich UAE, which relies on Russian and Ukrainian wheat exports, is home to about 15,000 Ukrainians out of about 8 million foreign residents and 1 million Emirati citizens. Approximately 250,000 Ukrainian tourists visited the UAE before the coronavirus pandemic.

The United Arab Emirates, like other Gulf Arab countries, does not recognize individuals who have fled the war, and refugees from Syria, Iraq, and other wars seek asylum or resettlement. Do not allow that.

The United Arab Emirates, home of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, abstained from Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in a vote by the UN Security Council last week. He also chairs the Security Council.


OSCE member died during Kharkov bombardment

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe states that one of its members died during a bombardment in the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Mariana Fenina was killed while she was getting supplies for her family, the group said in a news release Wednesday. Fenina cooperated with the organization’s surveillance mission in Ukraine.

“In Kharkov and other cities and towns in Ukraine, missiles, shells and rockets are attacking houses and town centers, killing innocent civilians such as women, men and children,” he said.

Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and Secretary-General Helga Maria Schmidt, who chair the organization, expressed their condolences.

“Our deep condolences and sympathy go to Melina’s family. Melina is an important member of the SMM team and our colleagues in Ukraine with her family to provide our support. We are in close contact with each other. “

The organization launched the Ukrainian Surveillance Mission in 2014 in response to a request from the Government of Ukraine and the consent of 57 participating countries of the group. The mission aims to observe and report on the situation in Ukraine and promote dialogue.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Epoch Times Staff