Russia sees no dangers from Beijing’s relaxation of measures to combat COVID-19 and will not impose additional restrictions on people arriving from China, the TASS news agency quoted a senior official as saying on Thursday.
China abandoned a strict antivirus regime with mass lockdowns last month, prompting a spike in the number of reported infections. As the outbreak spread, more than a dozen countries required negative test results from travelers arriving from China.
“We do not expect any particular dangers here today,” Tass quoted Anna Popova, head of the consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor, as saying to state television. “We are not introducing additional measures against people arriving from China.”
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Beijing dropped quarantine mandates for incoming visitors on Sunday in a bid to boost international traffic as well.
Russia and China stand ready to resume mutual trips as soon as possible and deepen strategic cooperation, China’s ambassador to Russia said in a statement released on Wednesday.
Since Russia sent troops to Ukraine in February, it has turned its back on Western powers and instead courted the rising world power of long-time rival China.