Attempts to politicise the #COVID-19 issue are unacceptable: Russia, Germany say

On Thursday, April 16th, Russian Foreign Minister Serge Lavrov  and his German counterpart Heiko Maas agreed that the attempts to politicise the COVID-19 issue are unacceptable. 

As the Virus ravages the Europe and America with unprecedented death toll and confirmed cases of infections, the United States government, UK and France took a tougher line on China, where the coronavirus outbreak emerged in December.

"We'll have to ask the hard questions about how it came about and how it couldn't have been stopped earlier," Raab said at a press conference Friday when asked about future relations with Beijing.

Raab is standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is recovering from COVID-19.

US President Donald Trump's administration is investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it does not rule out that it came from a laboratory researching bats in Wuhan, China.

Russian Lavrov and German Maas shared the opinion that the intl community should join efforts to fight the spread of the #coronavirus infection, and agreed that attempts to politicise the #COVID-19 issue are unacceptable.

Lavrov and Maas agreed on the need to unite international community efforts to stem the pandemic coronavirus that has killed more than 140,000 people with more than 2mln confirmed cases worldwide.

The two top diplomats also discussed Ukrainian settlement in a telephone talk where they stressed the need to prompt sides of the Ukrainian conflict to implement decisions made at the last summit of the Normandy Four -- Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine -- in Paris last December, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"Lavrov drew attention to concrete examples of unconstructive actions by Kiev authorities that hinder the full implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures," it said.

They agreed to continue talks at a virtual meeting of the Normandy Four foreign ministers at a later undetermined date.

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