Masks and medical equipment have been sent to the USA after U.S. President Donald Trump accepted an offer of humanitarian aid from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to fight the coronavirus outbreak, the Guardian reports.
The plane, a Russian Antonov An-124-100 military transport, loaded with cardboard boxes left from Chkalovsky airfield outside Moscow on Tuesday night. It is expected to arrive today, on April 1.
The aid was offered during a one-on-one telephone conversation when the two sides discussed measures to fight coronavirus.
According to Dmitriy Peskov, Putin's spokesman, Donald Trump gratefully accepted this humanitarian aid.
“Now that this situation has affected everyone without exception and is global, there is no alternative to joint action in the spirit of partnership and mutual help," he stated.
As we reported earlier, the phone talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump took place on March 30.
"The heads of state expressed serious concern about the scale of the spread of coronavirus in the world and informed each other about measures being taken in Russia and the United States to counter this threat. The possibilities of closer interaction between the two countries in this direction were discussed," the statement reads.