Contents tagged with coronavirus

  • 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 …

  • Third Russian medic falls from window in last two weeks amid raging COVID-19 pandemic

    Aleksander Shulepov, a first responder from Voronezh region, who had previously complained about the lack of protection against coronavirus, fell from the second-floor window of the Novousmansky District hospital in Voronezh region, Vesti reported.

    Shortly before that, he was diagnosed with COVID-19. According to the newspaper, the medic with a fractured skull base is in a life-threatening condition in intensive care.

    In April, together with his colleague, paramedic Alexander Kosiakin, …

  • Russia asks Italy for a favor in return for coronavirus aid

    The representative of the Italian Five Star Movement and the president of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Vito Petrocelli received a letter from his colleague in the Russian State Duma Leonid Slutsky, in which Slutsky asks that Italy help lift the sanctions, writes the Italian newspaper Linkiesta.

    "Finally, Moscow sent a bill for the aid (including military) which was sent to Italy to fight the coronavirus," the newspaper writes.

    In the letter, Slutsky point out to Russia’s assistance …

  • Russian Prime Minister tests positive for COVID-19

    Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin contracted the coronavirus and went into self-isolation.

    "It has just become known that the coronavirus tests I passed have come back positive. In this regard, and in accordance with the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor (the Russian Consumer Rights Watchdog), I have to observe self-isolation. It is necessary to protect my colleagues," Mishustin said during a video conference with Putin.

    The Prime Minister assured that the government will continue to …

  • Russian aviation prepares for military parade in Crimea despite COVID-19 pandemic

    The Russian army continues to prepare for a military parade on May 9 in annexed Crimea, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

    According to the website of the Russian Defense Ministry, crews of aircraft and helicopters of naval aviation and air defense of the Russian Black Sea Fleet have begun to prepare flight shifts for the air part of the parade.

    "During the first stage of training, pilots practice flying in pairs. Crews of aircraft and helicopters conduct training on keeping the interval …

  • Macron hopes to convince Putin to end military actions around the globe amid COVID-19 pandemic

    In an interview with Radio France Internationale, French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed hope that he would manage to reach an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin to completely stop military operations around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Macron said the truce during the pandemic was his initiative.

    "I spoke to him (Putin) at the very beginning, when I put forward this initiative. I haven't spoken to him until I've received strong confirmation from other leaders, …

  • Putin instructs officials to involve army in fight against coronavirus

    The situation with the coronavirus pandemic in Russia is not improving, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a government meeting to discuss sanitary and epidemiological conditions on Monday.

    "The number of people who are sick is increasing, and there more and more severe cases of the serious disease," Putin said, adding that "it is necessary to take into account all scenarios of the situation, even the most complex and extraordinary", in order to adjust the strategy and tactics of action …

  • Italians offered 200 euros for positive comments about Putin

    The Kremlin launched a PR campaign of bribing Italians in order to promote its image abroad, reports the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. According to the newspaper, Italians have started receiving messages on the popular messenger WhatsApp with an offer to get 200 euros for a good video comment about Putin, Russia and the Russian "assistance" to Italy.

    According to the Italian newspaper, Moscow is trying to improve the image of Putin's Russia using social networks and fake spontaneous videos. …

  • China tightens border control with Russia due to increased coronavirus cases

    Authorities in Heilongjiang Province in northern China are stepping up control measures on the border with Russia due to the increase in the number of imported coronavirus cases, reported the Chinese newspaper Renmin Ribao.

    Because of the increase in such cases, the provincial authorities extended the closure of the Suifenhe (Heilongjiang- Primorye) border crossing, with the exception of freight traffic. The rules for the inspection of goods have been tightened. All arrivals are required to …

  • Belarus cancels purchase of coronavirus test kits from Russia citing delays and poor quality

    Belarus will not buy 30,000 Russian-made coronavirus test kits due to stalled negotiations and their poor accuracy, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.

    "We were in talks with two Russian companies to acquire 30,000 units, but these negotiations have stalled. And now we do not need these test kits: we produce test kits ourselves, and about 50,000 more. We have also received test kits from other countries," Makei told the news outley

    In addition, the Minister noted that …