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The Russian Embassy Tuesday posted on its social media channels that “Russia could ship a aircraft with medical gear and safety gear to the USA already on Tuesday,” citing the Russian information company TASS. Reuters later reported that Russian state TV was saying the flight had taken off early Wednesday morning.
This comes after Trump indicated, with out a lot context, that Russia was sending some kind of medical assist in his Monday coronavirus job pressure briefing.
“And I’ve to say, we have had nice relationships with quite a lot of nations,” Trump stated. “China despatched us some stuff, which was terrific. Russia despatched us a really, very massive planeload of issues, medical gear, which was very good.”
The Russian Embassy’s Twitter account stated Tuesday that in sending the help to the U.S. because it fights to carry down its coronavirus demise toll, which the White Home has projected is more likely to be between 100,000 and 240,000, Russia would hope for assist from the USA ought to the coronavirus pandemic grow to be extra extreme inside its borders later this 12 months.
“Importantly, when providing help to the American colleagues, President Putin is guided by the next consideration: when producers of medical gear achieve momentum they’ll be capable to reciprocate if want be,” it stated.
A Fb put up by the Russian Embassy stated Putin supplied the assistance to Trump throughout the name.
“Being conscious of the intense epidemiological scenario in America, the Russian facet supplied medical gear and protecting gear as help,” the put up quoted Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
The Russian international ministry posted a video of the aircraft’s contents and its takeoff early Wednesday morning.
A readout of the decision between Trump and Putin, which the White Home launched Monday, didn’t point out any dialogue of Russian medical assist to the USA.
“President Trump and President Putin mentioned the most recent developments and efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic,” the readout learn. “The 2 leaders agreed to work carefully collectively by the G20 to drive the worldwide marketing campaign to defeat the virus and reinvigorate the worldwide financial system. The leaders additionally mentioned vital bilateral and international points. President Trump and President Putin agreed on the significance of stability in international vitality markets.”
The cooperation between the 2 nations comes as tensions have been strained between Russia and the U.S. in recent times as a consequence of Russia’s expansionist tendencies, menacing towards American allies, election interference and extra.
The White Home didn’t instantly return a request for remark by Fox Information.
Fox Information’ Kristina Biddle contributed to this report.