Belarusian foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Friday that the country refused to purchase 30 thousand Russian tests for a new type of coronavirus. He told about this in an interview with the portal tut.by.
In early April, about 10,000 test systems were delivered to Minsk from Russia. The tests were given free of charge. At the same time, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Petrishenko said that the Republic expects Russia to supply 30 thousand contracted and paid test systems.
According to the Belarusian foreign Minister, negotiations over the sale have stalled, but now the state does not need these tests.
“We produce tests ourselves, and we have received about 50 thousand tests from other countries,” Makei said
Commenting on the statement of the press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov that Russia is helping Belarus in the fight against coronavirus, the Minister said that “we would like to understand what kind of assistance we are talking about.” He again criticized Moscow’s decision to close the border with Belarus.
In mid-March, Russia partially closed the border with Belarus due to COVID-19. The Kremlin has expressed the hope that the understanding on the part of Minsk.
Later it became known that due to the spread of the coronavirus, railway communication between Russia and Belarus will be suspended in all directions, except for the main ones. Thus, two trains ran until April 5, which are now canceled.
On April 9, the world health organization (who) called for stricter social distancing measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, up to the introduction of a quarantine on the entire territory of Belarus. At the end of March, President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko acknowledged the existence of an outbreak of infectious diseases, but refused to impose a quarantine.