Military personnel and employees of the US Agency for international development (USAID) loaded the first batch of artificial lung ventilation (ventilator) devices on Board a military aircraft C-17, which will take them to Russia. This was reported on May 20 by the Transport command of the American armed forces.
“Watch as USAID employees load Russian-designed ventilators on Board a us air force C-17. USAID and the Pentagon provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief, contribute to economic growth and stability around the world,” Transcom said on Twitter.
The first batch includes 50 ventilators. in total, Washington will supply Russia with 200 such devices. The second batch of equipment is expected on may 26.
The White house announced the shipment of ventilators to Russia on may 17. As US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo noted earlier, Washington is happy to help Moscow in the fight against coronavirus and sending equipment is one of the examples of cooperation between the two countries.
Us President Donald trump expressed his readiness to provide assistance on May 7 in a telephone conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. However, not all American politicians supported the head of state in his quest. So, the speaker of the house of representatives of the Congress Nancy Pelosi called such a decision inappropriate, noting that Moscow could pay the cost of the devices, which is about $5 million.
Russia, in turn, has already provided assistance to the United States in the fight against the pandemic. In March, medical equipment and personal protective equipment were sent to the United States by two special ships. Washington paid for one half of the cost of the humanitarian cargo, and the Russian direct investment Fund (RDIF) paid for the other half. Then trump expressed gratitude to Moscow and called such a gesture of assistance very nice.