23 Sep 2020 19:54

WHO's response to Covid-19 pandemic timely, appropriate - PM Mishustin

MOSCOW. Sept 23 (Interfax) - Russia is ready for a constructive dialogue with the World Health Organizations (WHO) to improve the medical and sanitary regulations; the WHO's response to the coronavirus pandemic was timely and appropriate, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.

"We view positively our interaction with the World Health Organization and, of course, its regional European office. Russia shares the WHO's strategic goals and consistently stands for the organization's leading role in international cooperation in healthcare and people's sanitary and epidemiological welfare," Mishustin said at a meeting with the WHO's Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge.

As one of the world leaders in healthcare, Russia actively participates in global regional measures to counter coronavirus, the prime minister said. "We also attach special importance to the WHO's coordination efforts aimed at overcoming the consequences of the coronavirus disease and ensuring the effective operations of the national healthcare systems. We believe that the organization's response to the pandemic was timely, professional and appropriate," Mishustin said.

In addition to coronavirus, the organization tackles important healthcare issues, he said. At the same time, Russia considers it necessary to increase the organization's efficiency and consolidate its resource base while ensuring transparency and the international community's control.

"We are also ready for a constructive dialogue in order to improve the system of international medical and sanitary regulations, as well as on other issues of future mutual interest," Mishustin said.