WHO response to pandemic was timely, professional, appropriate — Russian premier
The World Health Organization (WHO) responded to the pandemic in a prompt, professional and proper manner, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a meeting with WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge on Wednesday, TASS reports.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mishustin and Kluge greeted each bumping elbows to avoid shaking hands, following the WHO recommendations.
"The organization’s response to the pandemic was timely, professional and appropriate. Along with coronavirus, the WHO resolves crucial tasks in the healthcare field. We believe it necessary to enhance the organization’s efficiency, strengthen its resource base while ensuring transparency and accountability to international community," the Russian prime minister said adding that Moscow stayed ready for constructive dialogue with the WHO to upgrade the system of international sanitary regulations and on other issues of mutual concern.
Mishustin pointed out that Kluge’s appointment as WHO Regional Director for Europe in February coincided with the onset of the pandemic.
"In fact, you have been working under difficult conditions since the very first days, at the forefront of the fight against this global threat," he emphasized.
The head of government hailed Russia’s interaction with the WHO and its Regional Committee for Europe.
"Russia shares WHO strategic goals and consistently calls for support to the leading role of the organization in health protection and in sanitary and epidemiological wellbeing. As one of the world leaders, Russia takes an active part in global and regional activities aimed at combatting coronavirus and attaches particular importance to WHO coordinating efforts," Mishustin said.