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U.S. paying Russia for entire planeload of coronavirus equipment - U.S. official

By Steve Holland

 

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FILE PHOTO: A Russian military transport plane carrying medical equipment, masks and supplies lands at JFK International Airport during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stefan Jeremiah

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is paying Russia for a planeload of medical equipment sent by Moscow to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday, clearing up confusion as to who footed the bill.

 

It had been unclear whether Russia had sent the 60 tons of equipment as a gift or whether it had sold the shipment of ventilators, masks, respirators and other items following a phone discussion between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

Trump, asked about the shipment at a White House news briefing, said he was happy to take delivery of it.

 

"I am not concerned about Russian propaganda, not even a little bit. He (Putin) offered a lot of medical, high-quality stuff that I accepted. And that may save a lot of lives. I'll take it every day," he said.

 

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The Russian Foreign Ministry said Moscow had paid half the cost with the other half picked up by Washington.

 

But the senior administration official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the United States paid.

 

"The United States is purchasing the supplies and equipment outright, as with deliveries from other countries," the official said. "We appreciate Russia selling these items to us below market value."

 

The official did not give an exact cost. The State Department did not respond to requests for more information.

 

The plane arrived on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and the gear was to be inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make sure it met U.S. quality standards.

 

New York is at the center of the pandemic in the United States, struggling to treat or bury casualties and the state's governor has grimly predicted that the rest of the country would soon face the same misery.

 

Critics of Putin were angered by the shipment because they said Russia was experiencing severe shortages of the same items. Putin, with the country reporting 3,548 coronavirus cases and 30 deaths, on Thursday extended until April 30 a paid non-working period across Russia to reduce personal contact just a week after the Kremlin said there was no epidemic.

 

(Reporting by Steve Holland; additional reporting by David Brunnstrom and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Dan Grebler and Grant McCool)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-04-03
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why is usa  short of medical equipment/ masks/ ventilators/ testing kits

make putin look a good guy/ trump said he has 165000 specialist masks/a Australian mining magnate 

has brought plane loads of medical equipment into oz free/ including over a million medical masks from china /

oz has been testing more people than usa past weeks

wake up the reality show is over

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Well done Putin, I hope you gouged Trump on the price and sent him shoddy goods. Actually you should have refused to supply because of the sanctions.

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4 hours ago, Galomir said:

They are both right. US just tries to manipulate the publics perception. They paid the whole bill... Which was 50% off 😂

If what the Russians were claiming it true. Considering that they already lied about it being entirely a donation, why would you credit their claim now?

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Very difficult in these times to know what is the truth or what is a lie

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8 hours ago, Gweiloman said:

How shameful, buying supplies from the commies. Next thing you know, they will be begging the commie Chinese to sell them supplies as well...lol. Trump...MAGA lol

That's why US$ 500 BILLION of goods flow from "commie Chinese" to the US a year.

 

Time we all learn how small the world is now ( especially with presidents, who do not have the slightest idea, only a big mouth) , no space for military activities anymore...

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4 hours ago, opalred said:

a) why is usa  short of medical equipment/ masks/ ventilators/ testing kits

b) make putin look a good guy/

c) trump said he has 165.000 specialist masks/

d) an Australian mining magnate has brought plane loads of medical equipment into oz free/ including over a million medical masks from china /

e) oz has been testing more people than usa past weeks

f) wake up the reality show is over

a) Because the USA is just as stupid as nearly the entire rest of the world: wait, till disaster runs over your footsteps, and THEN start with (some) action.

b) At least ONE leader of a wold state, who is showing to use his brains

c) How many medical specialist will use this up,in one week ?Not enough for New York alone. Chinese produced 35 m/wh, now 233 MILLION a WEEK, increasing towards 300 MILLION a week end of March. The rest of the world... fell asleep, and stays asleep. (The French hope to reach soon 10 M/wk = every 6 weeks a new one for every French)

d) A lot wiser as all gov. buyers together ( especially when I compare it to the Dutch idiots. Still looking around in NW Europe... already sold out 2 months ago.

Van: Middelen Corona <[email protected]>  ( National Dutch Consortium Medical Supplies)
Verzonden: woensdag 1 april 2020 10:50

"At this moment, our priorities focus on speed and short-term availability (days). This means we are primarily looking for physical and personally verifiable supplies that are currently located within Northwestern Europe. If you have such supplies, please share the specifications with us as soon as possible. 

Supplies from regions further away (including China) or supplies that have yet to be produced are our second priority due to existing contacts from our networks and suppliers."

e) the difference between brains and big mouth

f) only when the 10 biggest idiots per state/country are publically executed.

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2 hours ago, Pedrogaz said:

Well done Putin, I hope you gouged Trump on the price and sent him shoddy goods. Actually you should have refused to supply because of the sanctions.

The difference between a responsable world leader and an idiot.

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