Russian navy airplane with masks & different Covid-19 medical assist departs for US – Defense Ministry

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A navy cargo airplane carrying medical provides to assist the US fight the coronavirus outbreak has taken off from an airbase in Russia, after President Trump accepted a suggestion of help from Vladimir Putin.

“The plane with masks and medical equipment on board left for the United States,” the Russian Defense Ministry introduced in a quick assertion early on Wednesday.

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The assist cargo comes after a cellphone name between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart on Tuesday, throughout which the 2 mentioned the quick rising pandemic and a significant scarcity of protecting gear within the US, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters.

Though US President Donald Trump introduced the “very, very large planeload” of provides earlier than it was confirmed by Moscow, Peskov later stated Russia had agreed to assist, because the pandemic “affects everyone without exception and is of a global nature.”

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Reports of the cargo prompted complaints from numerous American pundits, who learn imprecise ulterior motives into the gesture, seeing the help as a ineffective “propaganda ploy” at finest, or perhaps a pretext for a Russian spy operation. But the provides come simply because the US’ emergency stockpile is working dry, nearly depleted of significant protecting gear for frontline healthcare employees preventing the pandemic.

Last week, Moscow additionally despatched 600 much-needed ventilators, in addition to masks and groups of medical consultants, to virus-stricken Italy, the place Covid-19 has killed extra folks than in every other nation. Russophobic commentators there, too, had been appalled, seeing the help as a prelude to a Russian invasion, nonetheless numerous prime Italian officers have since expressed gratitude for the “act of solidarity.”

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