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Putin: Politicizing COVID-19 origins is unreliable

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he delivers a speech during a plenary session at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Sept 3, 2021. (ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO/AP/POOL)

MOSCOW – Politicizing the origins of COVID-19 will only lead to untrustworthy conclusions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday during the plenary session of the sixth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

Those who choose to politicize this issue are making colossal, catastrophic mistakes in the fight against the pandemic.

Vladimir Putin, Russian president

"Those who choose to politicize this issue are making colossal, catastrophic mistakes in the fight against the pandemic," Putin said.

"When politicization occurs, this immediately decreases the confidence in the conclusions," he said.

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Investigations into the origins of COVID-19 must be based on objective facts, and politicization only steers the world away from the truth, he said.

It is significant for everyone to discard a politicized approach and unite in the fight against the pandemic and its consequences, he added.

The sixth EEF kicked off on Thursday and ends on Saturday in the Russian city of Vladivostok in both an online and offline format. The main theme of this year's event is "The Opportunities for the Far East in a World under Transformation."

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Founded by Putin in 2015, the EEF has served as an important venue for dialogue among politicians, business executives and experts for Far East development and regional cooperation.