Russia calls ruling on Berlin agreement eliminating ‘political’

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MOSCOW: Moscow on Wednesday condemned as”political”a German court’s judgment that the 2019 assassination of a previous Chechen commander in a Berlin park was ordered by Russia.
Earlier Wednesday a Berlin court had sentenced Russian suspect Vadim Krasikov, alias Vadim Sokolov, to life in jail after discovering him guilty of gunning down 40-year-old Georgian national Tornike Kavtarashvili in the Kleiner Tiergarten park in broad daylight on August 23, 2019.
The administering judge in the event said that Russian authorities had purchased Krasikov to “liquidate the victim” and stated the murder was suggested “as retaliation” for being a Kremlin challenger.
“We consider this decision to be a biased, politically-motivated decision that seriously intensifies already hard Russian-German relations,” Russia’s ambassador to Germany, Sergei Nechayev, said in a declaration.
He called the concept that Russian authorities bought the killing “absurd” and stated it was “systematically enforced on the general public throughout the trial, intertwined with general anti-Russian belief.”
Soon after the murder happened, Germany under then-chancellor Angela Merkel expelled two Russian diplomats in demonstration at Moscow’s perceived lack of cooperation with the examination.
Russia, denying any connection to the killing, responded with a tit-for-tat move.
The judgment Wednesday piles pressure on Germany’s brand-new government, which has pledged a harder stance towards Russia, and comes in the middle of growing alarm in the West about Russian troop motions on the border with Ukraine.

Published at Wed, 15 Dec 2021 12:07:29 -0600

Vaccination of under-12s starts in handful of EU nations

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ATHENS: Greece and a handful of other European Union members started vaccinating kids ages 5-11 versus Covid-19 on Wednesday as governments braced for the holiday and the spread of the omicron variation.
An Athens kids’s medical facility administered its first shots to more youthful kids hours after authorities announced Greece’s greatest day-to-day death of the pandemic at 130. The kids were provided stickers and the day off school.
More than 30,000 vaccination visits for under-12s have actually been booked by Greek parents, amongst them Education Minister Niki Kerameus.
“I won’t conceal the reality that on a personal level, after having talked with doctors and receiving scientific information, our household chose to vaccinate our son who is 5 1/2 years old,” Kerameus stated before taking her child, Loukas, to get his shot at an Athens hospital.
Italy, Spain and Hungary likewise expanded their vaccination programs to more youthful kids. European Union regulators last month authorized a reduced-dose vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech for usage in the 5-11 age group.
A two-month surge in infections throughout Europe reduced a little in early December, however the appearance of the omicron version has actually created uncertainty. Researchers believe omicron is extremely infectious, however they are not yet sure how unsafe it is.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control stated Tuesday that it anticipates omicron to control infections in the EU within the next few months. It recommended that federal governments consider travel-related constraints and press ahead with vaccination campaigns and booster shot shipment.
Vaccines for kids are voluntary in all European Union nations and need parental approval.
Authorities in Spain have set enthusiastic targets for immunizing more youthful kids before Christmas and the traditional household gatherings. Almost 90% of the nation’s residents age 12 and older have actually gotten two vaccine doses.
Poland, Portugal, Croatia and Slovenia plan to lower their vaccine eligibility age later in the week.
A number of hundred individuals objected Wednesday in front of the federal government head office in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, Wednesday. The protesters chanted “Do not eliminate our kids” and “We won’t give you our children.”
Other EU countries are taking a careful method to immunizing younger children. Germany has actually started a region-based rollout, the Netherlands is waiting until after the vacations, and France is prioritizing kids who experience heart and respiratory issues, obesity, and diabetes.
Britain was slower than lots of European countries to start immunizing kids ages 12-15, and it has not yet authorized vaccines for more youthful children.
Wei Shen Lim, a member of the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, stated the group anticipated to decide before Christmas however was waiting for a recommendation from British regulators.
Conservative legislator Jeremy Hunt, a former health minister, criticized the delay. “Our regulators, having actually been the nimblest on the planet, are now taking too long,” he stated.

Published at Wed, 15 Dec 2021 11:55:55 -0600