01:35 GMT01 August 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Union made a proposal to the Russian Health Ministry to discuss the possibility of connecting Russia to the system of COVID certificates, EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer said on Thursday, adding that such a decision will expand opportunities to facilitate travelling.

    The diplomat said that Moscow and Brussels should make efforts to resolve the issue of vaccination certificates to facilitate the movement of people.

    The EU proposed to hold discussions on the matter, and if they turn out successful, then Russian tourists will face fewer problems, Ederer added.

    A medical worker holds a vial of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19, at the San Marino State Hospital, in San Marino, Friday, April 9, 2021
    © AP Photo / Antonio Calanni
    A medical worker holds a vial of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19, at the San Marino State Hospital, in San Marino, Friday, April 9, 2021

    From 1 July, the bloc introduced three types of documents - vaccination passport, test certificate, and recovery certificate. It is supposed to allow travel between EU member states, but some are still hesitant to use the common platform.

    "Member States shall refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital Covid Certificate unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health", the commission said in a statement on 14 June.

    Brussels and Moscow also need to discuss vaccine recognition because Russia has already approved four medications - none of which have been approved by the EU.

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    Russia, European Union, COVID-19, coronavirus, certificates, certification
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