Russia: Introduction of ‘immunity certificates’ amid pandemic is on the table — watchdog head

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/: The introduction of ‘immunity certificates’ due to the pandemic is on the table and the discussions are underway, Head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing Anna Popova said at the Gaidar Forum on Friday.

"We are definitely moving towards that. However, the question of form, the question of the absence or inadmissibility of discrimination of any of the vaccines, of any drug is a matter of today’s discussions," Popova said referring to the introduction of ‘immunity certificates.’

Russia condemns acts of vandalism against Red Army monument in Czech Republic — diplomat

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/: Russia expects that Czech authorities will take every measure possible to prevent any incidents similar to the one that took place near Ostrava and involved a monument to the Red Army soldiers, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told a briefing Friday.

"We resolutely condemn the outrageous acts of vandalism that took place on January 5 in the outskirts of the Czech city of Ostrava against the monument to the Red Army soldiers, who liberated this region in April 1945," she noted.

Russia: Moscow aware of risks of further deterioration in ties with Washington — diplomat

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/: Russia is aware that threats of deterioration in the relations with the United States still remain, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told a briefing Friday, commenting on the post published by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Twitter.

Russia announces withdrawal from Treaty on Open Skies

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/: Russia is launching domestic procedures to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

"Given the lack of progress in efforts to remove obstacles preventing the future functioning of the treaty in a new situation, the Russian Foreign Ministry is entitled to announce the start of domestic procedures to pave the way for Russia’s withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies," the statement reads. "Once the procedures are completed, notifications will be sent to the treaty depositories," the ministry added.

Russia: US terror label on Houthis may have negative effect

14 Jan 2021; MEMO: The US decision to declare Houthis rebels, who fought the central government in Yemen's civil, a "terrorist organisation" could negatively affect the political process, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported.

Lavrov said he hopes the move does not affect the political settlement in Yemen and he welcomed the formation of a new government in Yemen.

Saudi minister denounces Iran's "interventions" in Middle East

14 Jan 2021; MEMO: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan on Thursday denounced Iran's "interventions" in the Middle East region, after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Reuters reports.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Moscow with Lavrov, broadcast on Saudi TV, the Saudi minister said Tehran's proxy militias were obstructing a solution for the war in Syria.

Russia: Navalny placed on wanted list for violating conviction conditions

MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/: Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been declared wanted after he missed several criminal inspection registrations as a person under suspended sentence for the Yves Rocher case, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service told reporters.

Russia: Clinical trials of combined vaccine against flu, COVID-19 may begin in 2022

MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/: The Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Healthcare Ministry plans to begin clinical trials of a combined vaccine against the coronavirus and flu in the middle of 2022, Center’s Director Alexander Gintsburg told TASS on Thursday.

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