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Russia ready to deliver doctors, medical equipment to coronavirus hit Italy

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 22, 2020
Russian Aerospace Forces’ aircraft are ready to carry teams of Russian virologists and medical equipment to coronavirus affected Italy starting today, the Defense Ministry said, TASS reports.
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Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s instruction, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu gave orders to set up an air group "for urgent aid deliveries to the Italian Republic for anti-coronavirus efforts, starting on March 22," the Defense Ministry said.

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"As soon as Italy is ready, the Russian Aerospace Forces’ military transport aircraft will jet eight mobile teams of Russian military virologists and doctors, vehicles for aerosol disinfection of transport and territories, as well as medical equipment to the republic," the defense ministry said.

Italy has confirmed its readiness to accept Russian Aerospace Forces’ planes.

Yest, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed aid delivery in a phone call with his Italian counterpart Lorenzo Guerini. "During the call, Italian Defense Minister has confirmed [Italy’s] readiness to accept Russian planes with specialists, vehicles and equipment, starting March 22," the Ministry said.

Guerini has also expressed his gratitude towards Russia for aid on fighting the pandemic, promptly provided in accordance with agreement between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.