Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on the 14th that US President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the United States is ready to provide Russia with anti-epidemic supplies. In addition, Russia is not prepared to request the European Union to lift sanctions against Russia in response to the epidemic.
Lavrov told reporters via an online press conference that US side expressed its willingness to support Russia’s anti-epidemic. On the other hand, if the US requests it, Russia will also consider providing anti-epidemic materials to the US.
Russia sent military transport planes on the 1st to transport a batch of medical equipment and protective equipment to New York, USA. Regarding the nature of this batch of medical supplies, the US side said that part of it was procurement.
Russia ’s TASS quoted Lavrov as saying that Russia did not intend to ask the EU to lift sanctions against Russia due to the epidemic. Since Crimea was merged into the Russian Federation in 2014, the European Union imposed economic sanctions on Russia and connected energy, finance and weapons manufacturing industries.
Lavrov opposed unilateral sanctions, saying that such sanctions affect the anti-epidemic actions of some countries, such as the import of medicines, which is against humanitarianism.
In addition, Lavrov opposed politicizing the new coronavirus epidemic and stigmatizing China. He said that the World Health Organization has played an important role in fighting the epidemic, and has been endorsed by UN resolutions and G20 statements. China is helping other countries to share their experience in the fight against epidemics.
Putin attended the video conference of the highest council of the Eurasian Economic Union, the highest council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, during the video conference that Russia will share its own epidemic prevention experience and progress in vaccine research. Russia has mobilized resources equivalent to 1.2% of GDP to reduce the impact of the epidemic.
According to the data released by the Russian Epidemic Prevention Command on the 14th, in the past 24 hours, 2774 new cases of new coronavirus were diagnosed in Russia, a total of 21102 cases were diagnosed, and a total of 170 deaths.
The vast majority of cases in Russia are in the capital, Moscow, with a total of more than 13,000 confirmed cases, and about 6,000 people are treated at home.
The Moscow health department warned that there will be a shortage of hospital beds in the next two to three weeks. Reuters reported that Moscow has arranged an additional 24 hospitals to treat people infected with the new coronavirus, and strives to increase the number of available beds to 21,000 in the next 10 days.
Anastasia Lakova, deputy mayor of Moscow, said on the 10th that at the same time as the number of confirmed cases increased, the number of critical patients also increased. “As the number of critically ill patients increases, the pressure on the capital’s medical system has increased dramatically. Hospital and ambulance services are operating at their limits.”
When Putin hosted the conference on Russia’s fight against the new coronavirus on the 13th, he said that the situation of the new coronavirus epidemic in Russia is deteriorating. If necessary, military resources will be used to fight the epidemic.