Russia Sends Medical Aid to Coronavirus-Hit U.S., Trump Says

Russia and other countries have sent medical aid to the United States, the hardest-hit country in the deadly coronavirus outbreak, U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday.

Russia previously sent decontamination units and military medical staff to coronavirus-hit Italy, raising questions over whether the move was an attempt at a publicity coup at home and abroad for President Vladimir Putin. Unnamed Italian officials griped that 80% of the Russian aid was “totally useless or of little use” in the country’s struggle to combat the pandemic.

“Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things. Medical equipment, which was very nice,” Trump said at a press conference without specifying the types of equipment.

China and other countries have also sent assistance to the U.S., Trump told reporters without going into further details.

The U.S. has recorded the most Covid-19 cases in the world, with more than 163,500 cases and over 3,000 deaths. More than 777,000 people have been infected worldwide and 37,000 killed by the pandemic.

Russia, in contrast, has reported 1,836 infections so far, a number that has drawn skepticism and concern over whether the country’s healthcare system could handle a widespread outbreak.

The U.S. president’s announcement of foreign aid came on the same day that he and Putin discussed plunging oil prices and the coronavirus by phone.

The two “expressed serious concern regarding the scope of the spread of the coronavirus” and “discussed closer cooperation,” according to a Kremlin statement on what it described as the “lengthy” phone call. The White House said in a separate statement Trump and Putin had “agreed to work closely together through the G20” against the virus and the economic shock resulting from travel bans and social distancing.

The warm relationship between Trump and Putin — seen by many Western countries as an increasingly authoritarian leader responsible for assassinations of opponents at home and abroad — has regularly caused controversy in the U.S.

AFP contributed reporting to this article.

(c) The Moscow Times

9 comments

  • “The White House said in a separate statement Trump and Putin had “agreed to work closely together through the G20” against the virus and the economic shock resulting from travel bans and social distancing.”

    I can’t believe I’m reading this. The Kremlin controlled media pumps out vile propaganda 24 hours a day, claiming this coronavirus is a product of the US, yet Trump is agreeing to work closely with the state sponsor of terrorism?

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    • Witrh who?

      Anyway. I agree, Putin can stick his ‘aid’ where the sun never shines!

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      • Yeah, and Trump should have told Putin that, but as usual, he says nothing bad about Putin or Russia. Instead he comes out with BS like this.

        “We’ve had great relationships with a lot of countries,” the president told reporters at his daily Covid-19 briefing on Monday, adding: “China sent us some stuff, which was terrific. Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment, which was very nice.”

        Has nobody told Trump that China also sent the virus which has killed over 3000 Americans?

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        • Are you a newby in politics? Since the death of John McCain NOBODY will destroy the rat rocker from Muscovy. He sent everybody checks with little pink hearts on them. Common, Focusser! Politics is shit, that’s why poor ordinary folks almost never get elected.

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        • Even when dealing with a crisis, he’s still got time to grovel to the filthiest mass murderer and thief in the world. Fucking worm.

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  • Prince William of Orange

    Unbelievable. This guy says to put America first, but he only cares about Russian interests.

    Yes, why not, invite a shitload of Russian spies to American soil. What can possibly go wrong?

    America should be ashamed they let this Russian pig occupy the White House.

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    • Yesterday he told that he would have done a very good job if only 100,000 to 200,000 died. If the death rate don’t slow down they will reach 100,000 on the 15th of April, on the 30th it will be more than 3,000,000!

      “President Trump told the country there were only 15 cases of coronavirus in the US, and “within a couple days [it is] going to be down to close to zero.” “

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