UPDATED 7:17 AM PT — Thursday, June 4, 2020
The U.S. has donated another 150 ventilators to Russia in an effort to help the country battle the rising number of COVID-19 cases. A second delivery made its way to Moscow Thursday as part of a $5.6 million humanitarian effort by the U.S.
The deal stems from Russian President Vladimir Putin reaching out to President Trump for help after Russia sent aid, including ventilators, to the U.S. in April.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan was at the airport to oversee the delivery.
“It is an example of the United States supporting the people of Russia,” he stated. “We may have many significant policy differences with the government of Russia, but we are committed to doing all we can to help.”
The Russian government had previously ordered thousands of ventilators, which were made in the country, but hit a snag when the model was found to cause fatal fires in two hospitals.