OREANDA-NEWS. Russia and Israel are discussing the recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates with the Russian vaccine "Sputnik Lite". This was reported to the Izvestia newspaper by the country's Ambassador to Russia Alexander Ben Zvi at the Moscow International Conference on Countering Xenophobia under the auspices of the Russian Jewish Congress.

"We are discussing this issue, the issue of recognition of "Sputnik Lite", everything is on the agenda. All these things are being discussed, but the main topic is "Sputnik V", because a large part of the Russian population has been inoculated with it,"- he said.

Now the tourism and health ministries of each country are negotiating technical issues, the diplomat explained. In particular, they are talking about "ensuring checks so that people can come, but without posing a threat to themselves or the population in Israel."

Two vaccines have now been approved in the country. These are vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

Earlier, in late October, after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it became known that the country would allow tourists vaccinated with "Sputnik V" to enter its territory. The date of the innovation was later pushed back from November 15 to December 1 due to technical difficulties. Those wishing to enter the country still have to undergo a PCR test and an antibody test if they are vaccinated with "Sputnik V". There is also another PCR test that must be taken at Ben Gurion airport after arrival.