MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Ethiopia is awaiting Russia’s documents for registering the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the African country, and is ready to purchase the vaccine when it has the financial opportunity, Ethiopian Ambassador to Russia Alemayehu Tegenu Aargau said in an interview with Sputnik.
“We would like to receive aid from the Russian government in providing Sputnik V. Russian companies can register in Ethiopia for the Sputnik [V] supply,” Aargau said.
The diplomat noted that Moscow had already submitted an appeal for vaccine authorisation in Ethiopia. According to Aargau, Ethiopia is waiting for the documents to arrive.
“When our [financial] capacity allows … we can buy,” Aargau added, when asked if the country could purchase the Russian vaccine.
Ethiopia and Russia will also sign a memorandum of understanding on space cooperation, Aargau said in an interview with Sputnik.
“Soon we will sign a memorandum of understanding. The two parties are in the process of discussion on how they cooperate, so it is not yet finished,” Aargau said.
The Ethiopian Ambassador also stated in the interview that the next round of Ethiopia-Sudan-Egypt negotiations on the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is expected to be held in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), early in April.