Dodon Departs for Moscow Hoping to Negotiate Sputnik V Supplies

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The leader of the Party of Socialists (PSRM) Igor Dodon will leave for Moscow on March 30. There, he will hold negotiations with high-ranking officials on the supply of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to Moldova, Kommersant reports, citing PSRM MP Bogdan Tirdea. Note that earlier Dodon discussed the delivery time of the Sputnik V vaccine with the Russian Ambassador to Moldova Oleg Vasnetsov. At the same time, the socialist assured that Russia will transfer a batch of vaccines in the near future, primarily as humanitarian aid. The day before the meeting with Dodon, the Russian Ambassador met in Chisinau with President Maia Sandu to discuss inter alia the epidemiological situation and Moldova's access to the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. At the meeting, Sandu asked the Russian authorities to help ensure rapid access to the Sputnik V vaccine, given the need to speed up the vaccination process. Sandu also sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking for a vaccine. “Taking into account the successful development and application of the Russian vaccine, I appeal to you on behalf of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova with a request to support our country in overcoming the consequences of the pandemic,” the Kommensant quotes Sandu's letter.