COVID-19: Russia delivers coronavirus aid to US, Trump welcomed the move

Russia has delivered the desperately needed humanitarian aid to a struggling US which with its lack of health care for 40% of its population has quickly become the world's #coronavirus epicenter having recorded the highest number of confirmed cases with more that 5,000 death toll.

On Wednesday, a Russian military aircraft, carrying supplies needed to fight the coronavirus outbreak landed in New York. The haul was sent after President Trump accepted an offer of assistance from Vladimir Putin. The plane, that took off for its some 8,000-kilometer trek early overnight landed in the worst coronavirus-affected US city.

The cargo contains personal protective and medical equipment supplies.

The delivery was agreed upon by the Russian and US presidents during a phone call. Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed the fast-spreading Covid-19 pandemic as well as major shortages of protective gear in the US, according to the Kremlin press service.

Moscow said it decided to help since the coronavirus pandemic “affects everyone without exception and is of a global nature.” Trump, for his part, described the aid as a “nice” and a “very, very large planeload” of help from Russia.

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The plane with #Russian medical equipement sent for the benifit of the US to help in the fight with #COVID19 has landed. This is solidarity in action - together we will overcome! #NewYorkCity

The US State Department said as a follow-up to the Trump-Putin call on Monday that the US “has agreed to purchase needed medical supplies,” which were handed over to FEMA on Wednesday.

Even before the cargo plane took off, the delivery had already sent a number of prominent “Russian collusion” enthusiasts among American pundits into a frenzy. The anti-Russia crowd took on the quest to find sinister motives behind the gesture and branded the aid a “propaganda ploy,” claiming it was either useless or even harmful.

The US is by far the worst pandemic-affected country in the world as its coronavirus tally is rapidly approaching the 200,000 mark. US states are in dire need of medical supplies, and State is marshaling it’s resources to make that happen.

The US state department said both countries have provided humanitarian assistance to each other in times of crisis in the past and will no doubt do so again in the future. This is a time to work together to overcome a common enemy that threatens the lives of all of us.

However, as one side of the Trump administration is thanking Moscow for sending these supplies, another side is rebuking Russia for spreading dangerous disinformation about the Coronavirus’s origins meant to undercut the west.

President Trump himself welcomed the move as his administration works to scale up the amount of medical supplies being delivered to overburdened U.S. hospitals across the country, which face a dire shortage of medical supplies.

“Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment, which was very nice,” Trump said during a press conference on Monday—though the shipment had not yet been sent at that point.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Russian news agency Interfax that Trump “gratefully accepted” the aid during his call with Putin on Monday, and he added that there was an understanding that the United States would reciprocate if necessary. “It is important to note that when offering assistance to U.S. colleagues … [Putin] assumes that when U.S. manufacturers of medical equipment and materials gain momentum, they will also be able to reciprocate if necessary,” Peskov said.

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