The US will start supplying ventilators to Russia this week

The first batch should be ready to ship on Wednesday.

The United States on Tuesday said it would begin delivering 200 ventilators this week to Russia, which has the second-highest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the world.

On Tuesday, another 9,263 new cases and 155 deaths were announced. In total, 299,941 people were infected in the country, and 2,827 died. More cases were recorded only in the United States.

For the fourth day in a row, the number of new cases is less than 10,000. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Monday said that the increase in the number of cases of infection has stopped, and noted other positive signs.

As reported on Tuesday, the Agency “Interfax,” Mishustin himself, who was previously infected with the coronavirus, was discharged from the hospital and is working as usual.

According to the US Embassy in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked for help from Washington, and President Donald Trump offered to send 200 American-made ventilators to Russia.

The two presidents spoke by phone on May 7.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the devices are planned to be delivered by two planes and that Washington bears all costs.

“I hope that they (the devices) will help overcome the current situation,” he said during a teleconference with journalists.

According to the Embassy, the first batch – 50 devices – should be ready for shipment on Wednesday, and the remaining 150 will be sent soon after.

In early April, Russia sent a batch of its ventilators to the United States, but, according to the American authorities, in the end, they were not useful.

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