It didn’t take long for Russia to act after Russian President Putin spoke with US President Donald Trump. Just a few days later, Putin sent a massive gift to America in hopes of aiding the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Per a CBS news report, “a Russian military plane carrying medical equipment has departed for the United States.”
The plane, an Antonov-124, loaded “with medical masks and medical equipment on board”, departed early this week for the U.S. per the report.
Российский самолет с медицинскими масками и медицинским оборудованием на борту вылетел в США. В американской администрации ранее сообщили, что ожидают его прибытия 1 апреля.
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— ТАСС (@tass_agency) April 1, 2020
Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesperson, admitted the gift did not come without conditions. “Putin expected the U.S. to return the gesture if Russia faces a similar crisis and U.S. producers have increased their capacity to produce medical supplies,” CBS news reported.
“Today, when the situation touches absolutely everyone and is of a global nature, there is no alternative to acting together in the spirit of partnership and mutual assistance,” Peskov said.
President Trump acknowledged Putin’s gift by noting “Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment, which was very nice.”