Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the phone yesterday. Although many subjects were of course discussed, oil, Ukraine, etc…the Chinese coronavirus pandemic was probably at the top of the list. Moscow is experiencing an exponential increase in cases and now is fifth in the world in total infections from the disease. Deaths are approaching 2,000.
“Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to commemorate and reflect upon the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. President Trump and President Putin discussed progress on defeating the coronavirus pandemic,” he pointed out. “President Trump reiterated that the United States is working hard to care for Americans at home and is also ready to provide assistance to any country in need, including Russia. President Trump reaffirmed that the United States is committed to effective arms control that includes not only Russia, but also China, and looks forward to future discussions to avoid a costly arms race. The two leaders also covered other bilateral and global issues,” Deere added, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
The Kremlin press service, in turn, said in a statement that when discussing the coronavirus situation, Putin and Trump “welcomed bilateral cooperation” and “agreed to boost coordination in this area.” “In particular, the US has suggested sending a shipment of medical equipment to Russia,” the Kremlin press service added.
“We have nine factories that are throwing out ventilators at numbers that nobody can believe. There’s not been anything like that since the Second World War,” Trump declared today.
“In a certain way, I’d like them to be donations. I really do. I think it’s good will…It’s hard to say you have to pay us in order to save people from dying.”
“We’re in a place right now where we’re doing well…A lot of our allies – the countries that are friendly with America – are starting to get ventilators from us, and we have more than enough to take care of all the American citizens so it’s been a great success story,” said Jared Kushner.
The Russian healthcare system will be fully provided with lung ventilators in late July and the ban on their exports can be lifted after that, Minister of Industry Denis Manturov said on Friday, reported TASS.
“We expect that we should complete performance of the government contract implemented now approximately at the turn of July. I also expect that the healthcare system will be fully provided with lung ventilators upon requests across regions and not merely within the framework of the extra bed capacity. I look forward to coordination of the possibility for lifting restrictions on export of these products with the government after that,” Manturov said.
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