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Russia Sends Medical Equipment, But There's a Catch

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Posted: Apr 01, 2020 3:10 PM
Russia Sends Medical Equipment, But There's a Catch

Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

Russia is sending medical equipment to the United States after President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Monday about the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Russian state TV, a plane with the medical supplies took off for the U.S. early Wednesday morning, Reuters reports.

"Russia may send plane with medical equipment to #US by end of day. Being aware of the serious epidemiological situation in America, the Russian side offered medical equipment and protective gear as assistance," the Russian embassy in the U.S. tweeted on Tuesday.

Later, the embassy noted that the equipment was sent with the understanding that the U.S. would reciprocate if the situation in Russia reached a crisis level.

"Importantly, when offering assistance to the American colleagues, President Putin is guided by the following consideration: when manufacturers of medical equipment gain momentum they will be able to reciprocate if need be," the embassy said.

Some analysts questioned Moscow's motives, while others, including Ben Hodges, former commanding general of the U.S. Army in Europe, called into question the photo the Kremlin tweeted of inside the cargo plane.

The Moscow Times reports the country has 2,777 reported cases of coronavirus and 24 deaths.