US donates ventilators to Russia

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The United States Embassy in Moscow announced on May 21 the delivery of 50 ventilators to the people of Russia.

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“This represents the first part of a humanitarian donation of a total of 200 much-needed, US-manufactured ventilators to Russia, and is made possible through the generosity of the American people and private industry innovation,” the American embassy said.

It added that the $5.6 million-worth donation represents the rapid fulfillment of an offer made by President Trump in response to President Putin’s request for assistance.

“The United States is donating 100 percent of the cost, delivery, and startup supplies for the 200 ventilators being delivered, valued at approximately $5.6 million,” the US embassy said.

“The United States and Russia have helped each other in times of crisis in the past and will no doubt do so again in the future,” it added. “Particularly in times of crisis, we must work together – much like we did during the Second World War, when the people of our two nations and other allies fought valiantly, suffered great losses, and endured great hardship. During the war, through the Lend-Lease Act, the United States provided over $11 billion in needed goods to the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1945.”

“Now, as we again face a common threat, we must set aside policy differences and focus on the needs of our people,” the US embassy in Moscow said.