Democrats from the house of representatives of Congress appealed to US President Donald Trump to explain in detail the reasons for his decision to send ventilators to Russia.
The letter, signed by Democrats Carolyn B. Maloney, Eliot Engel, Nita Lowy, James Clyburn and Stephen Lynch, expresses concern that Russia is being provided with ventilators, even though they are needed in the United States itself to “fight the coronavirus crisis and save American lives.”
“US taxpayer dollars for the purchase and delivery of ventilators abroad cannot and should not be used for political gain,” the Democrats say.
Congressmen demanded that trump provide information on the process of evaluating the need for medical supplies to other countries and financing these supplies by June 4.
On May 21, a us air force C-17 with a cargo of 50 artificial lung ventilation devices (ventilators) landed at Moscow’s Vnukovo-3 airport.
The US military transport command said that USAID soldiers and employees loaded the first batch of equipment. In total, Washington will supply Russia with 200 ventilator devices. The second batch is expected on May 26.
The White house announced the shipment of ventilators to Moscow on May 17. The Russian direct investment Fund (RDIF) has fully paid for a shipment of medical equipment for the United States that Moscow delivered to this country in April. In turn, the United States will pay for a similar cargo for Russia.