OREANDA-NEWS. Russia has not yet provided the European Commission with the documents necessary for mutual recognition of vaccination certificates from COVID-19. The EU Ambassador to Russia, Markus Ederer, said this in an interview with RBC, published on Friday, October 8. According to the diplomat, Brussels handed over the requirements for such documents to the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation back in July.

The EU Ambassador expressed regret over the current situation. «Mutual recognition of equivalence, including recognition by Russia, in turn, of the EU digital CAVID certificates, would definitely make life easier for people traveling in both directions», he said.

In turn, the Ministry of Health stated that the documents were sent to the EU delegation. It's employee confirmed their receipt on September 30, the Russian department noted. Since July 1, digital COVID certificates have been in effect in 27 EU countries, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

On August 2, the European Commission recognized the certificates issued in the Vatican and San Marino as equivalent to the digital covid certificate of the European Union. However, this decision does not mean the recognition of the Russian vaccine against CAVID-19 «Sputnik V» in the European Union, the EC indicated. This drug is already being used, in particular, in San Marino. Each EU member state must decide for itself whether it cancels restrictions for people with vaccination certificates with vaccines that do not have a permit for use in the European Union, Brussels noted.