A Ukrainian opposition MP has called for Kiev to start a dialogue with Moscow to purchase the Russian Covid-19 vaccine. Viktor Medvedchuk is an influential member of the pro-Russia and eurosceptic ‘Opposition Platform’ group.

Writing on the party website, Medvedchuk said he believes the country should buy the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V, instead of making deals with Western companies for vaccines which don’t exist yet.

“Russia has already received applications from 50 countries, including from the CIS, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America,” Medvedchuk wrote. “If the Ukrainian government is going to save the citizens of our country, we need to negotiate with the manufacturers of this vaccine.”

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Medvedchuk, a former presidential chief of staff, urged the Ukrainian leadership to stop building “castles in the air” and to start taking “real action.” (RT)