The first plane carrying Russian military personnel who helped fight a coronavirus infection left Italy. This was reported on May 8 in the Russian defense Ministry.
“The first Il-76 aircraft of the Russian air force with military personnel and special equipment from the combined detachment of the Russian defense Ministry, which performed tasks to help combat the spread of coronavirus infection in the Italian Republic, took off from the Villafranca airfield,” Interfax reports.
The withdrawal of Russian military specialists from Italy was announced earlier on Friday. It was reported that about 20 military personnel and four units of special equipment will leave the Republic.
The day before, Italian defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini during a telephone conversation thanked his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu for timely assistance in the fight against coronavirus infection.
From 23 to 25 March, 15 Russian Il-76 aircraft arrived in Italy, which delivered military virologists and epidemiologists to the country. In addition, equipment for diagnostics and disinfection of coronavirus was received together with specialists.
The leaders of the two countries agreed on March 22 that aid from Russia will go to Italy. In turn, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urged journalists not to look for political overtones in Russia’s actions to provide humanitarian assistance.
The spread of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, began in late December last year in Wuhan, China.
According to the latest data from the statistical office Worldometer, Italy ranks third in the world in the number of cases of COVID-19-215.8 thousand people. More than 29 thousand patients died, and more than 96 thousand recovered.