00:46 GMT06 August 2020
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    COVID-19 Puts Nations on Hold (286)

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow appreciates US President Donald Trump's readiness to deliver medical equipment, including artificial lung ventilators, to Russia and sees this as a manifestation of a responsible approach to the joint COVID-19 response, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday.

    "We appreciate with gratitude this confirmation, by the US [of its readiness] to provide us with assistance if the need emerges", Ryabkov said, commenting on Trump's statement.

    "We see this as a humanitarian gesture, as a manifestation of a responsible approach to the common fight against the pandemic. We acted this way when we provided our humanitarian support to the US”, Ryabkov added, warning against politicising Trump's readiness to help Russia.

    Trump said earlier in the day that the US was ready to help Russia with artificial lung ventilators if needed, noting that the US would soon have many ventilators to share with foreign nations.

    Russia has registered 3,448 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, which brings the total to 27,938, according to the country's coronavirus response centre.

    COVID-19 Puts Nations on Hold (286)
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