Contents tagged with COVID-19

  • Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and presidential advisor test positive for COVID-19

    Ukrainian Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov and an adviser to the President of Ukraine Ruslan Demchenko tested positive for COVID-19, reports Ukrainian news outlet Nove Vremya.

    Yesterday, the Ukrainian officials were in talks with the French presidential foreign policy adviser, Emmanuel Bonne, in Paris. Both of them were diagnosed with coronavirus last night.

    Meanwhile, Oleksii Reznikov himself noted in a commentary to Kyiv Vlada that he was …

  • Putin refuses to leave self-isolation

    Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to restrict face-to-face contacts despite the fact that the self-isolation regime in Moscow has been lifted, said Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov during a briefing on Thursday.

    According to Peskov, Putin uses video link to communicate with subordinates and there is no specific date when he will return to normal work. "It will depend on his decision," Peskov said, adding that "this time is just around the corner."

    "Some elements of the current mode …

  • U.S. to send second batch of medical ventilators to Russia

    The United States will send a second batch of ventilators to Russia on Saturday, May 30, as part of an aid to combat the spread of coronavirus infection, stated Patrick O'Connor, A spokesman for medical equipment manufacturer Vyaire Medical, RIA Novosti reports.

    "These 150 LTV 2200 ventilators will certainly be shipped on Saturday," O'Connor said.

    The spokesman for Vyaire Medical noted that this time the delivery of ventilators will be carried out not through the Ministry of Defense, but …

  • Kremlin demands that New York Times and Financial Times retract articles about spread of COVID-19 in Russia

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared letters to the editorial offices of the Financial Times and The New York Times demanding that they retract the articles stating that the real death rate from coronavirus in Russia is much higher than the official data, said the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, as quoted by Interfax.

    Zakharova said the future of these news agencies in Russia "depends on whether they will publish refutations."

    The Russian State …

  • Ventilators that caused deadly fires in Russian hospitals were produced by major Russian defense conglomerate

    The ventilators that caused fires at the Spasokukotsky hospital in Moscow and St. George hospital in St. Petersburg were manufactured at the Ural instrument plant which is a subsidiary of the Russian defense conglomerate Rostec, reported TASS citing sources in law enforcement agencies.

    "According to the data, the ventilator that caught fire today was produced at the Ural instrument-building plant. The ventilator that burnt down in Moscow was also produced at the same plant," the source said. …

  • Kremlin: U.S. helps Russia to fight COVID-19

    Russia receives assistance in the fight against coronavirus from various foreign countries, including the United States, stated Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference following the meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers.

    "We receive aid from foreign countries. We are also ready to accept it from the members of the European Union. We are already accepting support and assistance from the United States," Lavrov said.

    Lavrov added that he "would not like" that …

  • Russia takes second place in the number of COVID-19 cases

    In the last 24 hours, 10,899 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the Russian Federation, reports Interfax with reference to the operational control center.

    It is noted that the daily increase was 4.9%. The total number of people infected in the country reached 232,243. According to this indicator, Russia came in second place in the world during the entire period of the pandemic, overtaking Great Britain and Spain. The U.S.  is at the first place with 1.347 million cases.

    New cases of …

  • Putin's press secretary tests positive for COVID-19

    The press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, has contracted COVID-19. He confirmed this information to Interfax news agency.

    "Yes, I'm sick. I'm being treated for it," he said.

    Putin's 52-year-old spokesman is in hospital, but it has not been reported which one.

    Earlier, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for COVID-19. He is in self-isolation.

    This diagnosis was also confirmed by the head doctor of the infectious disease hospital which was …

  • Head of Levada Center: Russians' patience will only last 2 month

    "The patience of society will last for two months", said the head of the sociological research organization, Levada Center,  and predicted protests due to falling living standards

    By mid-summer, Russians may stage mass protests due to falling living standards, according to Lev Gudkov, head of the Levada Center.

    "I think that the society will have enough patience for another two months. That's for sure. But after two months people will begin to realize that the limit has been reached. Russian …

  • Russia sends the U.S. a bill for COVID-19 aid

    Washington received a bill from Moscow for medical and protective equipment delivered by Russia in April as "humanitarian aid." The U.S. must pay about $660,000, reports the Russian service of BBC.

    Earlier, the Kremlin claimed that it was a solely "humanitarian assistance," and Donald Trump publicly welcomed the Russian initiative: "It was a very nice gesture on behalf of President Putin and I could have said 'no, thank you' or I could have said 'thank you.' And it was a large plane of very …