Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky:
“The publication in the Western press about the results of the investigation of the Five Eyes alliance about Beijing’s suppression of data on the coronavirus is part of the politicized anti-Chinese campaign unleashed in the West.
China has openly cooperated and continues to cooperate with the entire international community, providing not only information, but also real medical assistance. China is not an accomplice of the virus; it was the first to be affected by COVID-19. All statements about the laboratory origin of the virus are nothing more than speculation.
All of Beijing’s allegations are aimed at removing responsibility for problems in the healthcare system of Western countries, in particular in the USA. The search for an external enemy for a distracting maneuver is a very cynical and, unfortunately, traditional device for Washington and its satellites.
The pandemic can now be defeated only together, without mutual reproaches and unnecessary escalation of tension.”