During a press conference, Trump said that he received an offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept a shipment of medical equipment. “It was a very nice gesture on the part of President Putin,” he said.
“What was I supposed to say?” “Thank you, but no?” It was a large aircraft with high-quality equipment. So I said I would accept it,” the American President explained.
When asked whether he believes that the delivery of aid can be used by Russia for propaganda purposes, trump said that he is not concerned about this topic. “He (Putin) has offered me such a technique that could save people’s lives. I, of course, accepted it,” the American President said.
Trump spoke about help from Russia at the beginning of this week. He said that “Russia sent a very, very large plane with many things, medical equipment.”
On the afternoon of April 2, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that half of the cargo of medical equipment and tools sent to the United States to fight the coronavirus was paid for by RDIF, the second — by the American side.
Later, RDIF told that they paid for half of the equipment for medical institutions in New York, as they have long been in contact with American companies. “We are also working with American companies to deliver cargo from the US if necessary and expect that American partners can pay half of its cost,” they said.