MOSCOW, May 22. /TASS/. Russia is extending gratitude to the American side for providing help to counter the coronavirus pandemic, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday.
"Yesterday, we received the first shipment of 50 ventilators from the US. We believe that these gestures are perfectly natural. They are exclusively of humanitarian nature, and we are grateful to the US side for the help provided at this stage," Ryabkov noted.
The deputy minister noted that on April 1 An-124 jet delivered medical equipment to New York including 45 ventilators, 15,000 respirators and 1,000,000 masks as part of humanitarian aid to the US. "I believe that this is a significant contribution to the fight advanced by the authorities of New York City and the State of New York, particularly in early April," he stressed.
On Thursday, US C-17 military transport aircraft with first shipment of 50 American ventilators has landed in Moscow’s Vnukovo-3 airport. Overall, the US is aiming to donate 200 ventilators. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier pointed out that the US is delivering the equipment free of charge, just like Russia previously did with ventilators for Americans.