Political, economic and even geopolitical issues play an important role in the “vaccine race” concerning COVID-19. The West and more specifically NATO governments and their satellites seem to be doing their best to exclude Sputnik V reaching Western markets and they are preventing health organisations such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to evaluate the Russian vaccine, although EMA has already started contacts with the Russian institution that produced Sputnik V.
The approach of the EU regarding the Union budget toward Poland and Hungary could be compared to communist methods. Both countries do not want the financial resources to be assigned under a condition of respect for the rule of law. It is clearly a way of threatening them and of gaining more influence.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation drawing linkages between the EU and the Soviet Union. Goals and values of the EU are laid out in the Lisbon Treaty and the EU Charter of fundamental rights. They include promoting peace, EU values and the well-being of its citizens, offering freedom, security and justice without internal borders; and human dignity, freedom, democracy and rule of law, among others.
Soviet Union was a totalitarian regime that restricted the abovementioned rights of its citizens.
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