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11 May, 2021 07:33

‘I trust Sputnik more than the federal govt,’ German MP tells RT after getting Russian jab during visit to Moscow for V-Day parade

‘I trust Sputnik more than the federal govt,’ German MP tells RT after getting Russian jab during visit to Moscow for V-Day parade

Two sitting German MPs flew to Moscow to attend the Victory Day parade, and one of them took the opportunity to get the Sputnik V vaccine. Speaking to RT, he lamented that political games have delayed the EU’s approval of the jab.

A member of the Bundestag from Die Linke (The Left), Diether Dehm, and the spokesman for the party’s parliamentary faction, Michael Schlick came to Moscow for the event, held annually on May 9. It’s not the first time that the two leftist opposition politicians have taken part in the commemoration of the defeat of the Nazi regime.

Founded in 2007 in a merger between the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) and Labour and Social Justice – The Electoral Alternative (WASG), Die Linke is a direct descendant of the Marxist-Leninist ruling party of the once Soviet-aligned former East Germany (GDR). 

“For several years now, I have been trying to come to the parade. The first time I was here was back in 2017, then in 2019, this year I came again. This is a great event for me, it is important for me to be here on May 9 to express thanks for what the Red Army did, and I am glad to have the opportunity to attend the parade,” Schlick told RT Deutsch.

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They come to pay their respects to Soviet soldiers, without whose sacrifices, “freedom of speech, freedom of art probably wouldn’t exist today,” as Dehm put it in the interview.

Dehm took the opportunity to get the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine while in Moscow. The politician opted to take the Russian-made jab because he believes it to be one of the best options available in the market, as it’s based on well-tested technology.

“My trust in the [German] federal government is low. My trust in Sputnik is greater,” the MP explained.

The only reason why Sputnik V has not received EU-wide approval is politics, Dehm argued, as the bloc’s politicians – German representatives in particular – have wasted a lot of time tarnishing the Russian-made jab instead of rushing to buy it when it became available.

When Sputnik V was approved for use in Russia, our newspapers, all together and in large letters wrote “Putin’s poison.” The vaccine is not poison, the poison is our federal government, our Health Ministry. It has human lives on its conscience, because it did not ask for the Russian vaccine.

The politician added that “if you want to save human lives,” you could have made an independent decision.

“Serbia has done this, Hungary has done this, and many other states have done this,” Dehm added.

In April, the premier of Germany’s Saxony region, Michael Kretschmer, said that the country was looking to acquire 30 million doses of Sputnik V, which boasts an efficacy of over 91 percent and for which no significant side effects have yet been reported.

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However, his statement pointed out that the Russian vaccine first needed to be greenlit by the EU’s regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The developers of Sputnik V continue to work with the EMA in order to secure its approval, and remain “fully transparent” despite pressure being applied on the regulator by competitors, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said.

Talks with Germany are ongoing and the vaccine could be supplied to the country in June, the RDIF pointed out in a statement on Telegram. Last week, a report in the tabloid Bild claimed that the negotiations between Russia and Germany were “dead.”

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