While China is helping Italy with mechanical ventilation devices and masks that are inadequate in the fight against the spread of coronavirus, Russia gives Milan equipment to disinfect the area and diagnose diseases, and they are now “completely useless or of little use,” the Italian newspaper La Stampa reported with reference to sources.
Most of the cargo that Russia sent Italy to combat the spread of coronavirus infection was useless, the Italian newspaper La Stampa reported March 25, citing sources.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his intention to help Italy on March 21 after a telephone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. The Kremlin press service informed that it was the Italian side who asked for help. The supplies are handled by the RF Ministry of Defense. On March 25, it reported that the 15th IL-76 aircraft “with equipment for diagnostics and disinfection measures” had already flown to Italy.
Senior officials told La Stampa that “80% of Russian supplies are completely useless or of little use to Italy.”
Russia, in particular, transferred to Italy equipment for disinfection of territorieswhereas China supplies mechanical ventilation apparatus for lungs and masks, which are lacking in the country.
The interlocutors of the publication suggest that, having supported Italy, Russia pursues political and diplomatic interests, while Conte agreed to accept it in order to strengthen personal relations with Moscow.
The newspaper also wrote that the Russians who arrived in Italy are military specialists, not doctors.
An outbreak of coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
According to the American Johns Hopkins University on March 26, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 470 thousand, of which 21 313 died, about 114 thousand recovered.
In Italy, as of the evening of March 25, 57,521 cases of infection were recorded, 7503 of them ended lethally. The country ranks second in the world (after China) in the number of patients and first in the number of deaths.