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Russian trade minister Manturov gets state award from Hungary

Int’l Relations

Denis Manturov

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó presented Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov with the Hungarian Order of Merit in Yekaterinburg on Tuesday, according to state news wire MTI.

The award is an acknowledgment of Manturov's "key role" in Hungary's COVID vaccination rollout.

"Hungary took delivery of 2 million jabs of [Russia's] Sputnik V vaccine, of which 99% has been used to immunize almost 1 million people. Without that, we wouldn't have been able to implement the fastest vaccination campaign in the European Union, inoculating 65pc of the adult population," Szijjártó said, presenting the award.

He added that talks with Manturov had produced an agreement on the purchase of the jabs "at a time when there was still much uncertainty concerning manufacturing capacities".

The ministers acknowledged at the ceremony the shared success of a Hungarian-Russian partnership to produce railway carriages for export to Egypt.

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