The United States fully assumed the cost of production and delivery of the devices-about $ 4.7 million.
The United States will transfer 200 artificial lung ventilation (ventilator) devices to Moscow. The tools will be delivered by military aircraft starting next week to help Russia fight the coronavirus outbreak.
According to government documents obtained by Voice of America, the first ventilators manufactured in California will be ready for shipment to Moscow on Wednesday. Another 150 devices will be sent to Russia on May 26.
The US government paid 100 percent of the cost of the devices, launch equipment, and delivery costs – a total of $ 4.7 million, according to administration officials.
The ventilators will be delivered to Russia by military aviation, as there are almost no commercial flights between the United States and Russia. The administration emphasizes that the devices are intended for residents of Russia, and this decision is not a signal of any partnership with the Russian military.
“Cooperation between the US and Russian military is not conducted, as the law on the state, defense prohibits it,” the report says.
According to Johns Hopkins University, cases of COVID-19 infection have recently been reported in Russia more and more often – the country now ranks second in the world in the number of infected with the coronavirus, almost 263,000 cases, second only to the United States with 1.4 million cases of infection.
For the first time, President Donald Trump spoke about possible deliveries of American ventilators to Russia in mid-April. Last week during a telephone conversation with Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted the proposal of the President of the United States.
According to officials, the United States has already helped many countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and will continue to do so in the future.