Contents tagged with COVID-19

  • 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 …

  • Estonia accuses Russian ambassador of violating social distancing rules

    Estonian police officers carefully examined photos taken by the media on April 30, when a delegation of the Russian Embassy opened a renovated monument "Bronze Soldier" at the Military Cemetery in Tallinn, writes.

    After examining these photographs, Estonian police concluded that the Russian embassy officials " violated the social distancing rules established by the Estonian authorities during the state of emergency".

    Police officials of Põhja Prefecture drew attention that "the …

  • 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 …

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina denies entry to Russian military medics

    Russian military specialists, who were invited to Bosnia and Herzegovina to help combat the spread of coronavirus, were unable to enter the country. Security Minister Fahrudin Radončić did not give permission to cross the border, according to the ministry's website.

    On April 30, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina informed the Ministry of Security of a note received from the Russian Embassy. In it, the Russian side requested permission to enter for 24 members of the …

  • 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 …

  • Russia overtakes Iran in number of COVID-19 cases

    Russia overtook Iran in the number of coronavirus cases and came in 8th place in the world in this indicator. In the past 24 hours alone, 6,411 new cases of infection were reported in Russia in 83 regions, including 3,075 cases in Moscow, the operational headquarters said on Tuesday, April 28. As a result, the total number of people infected in Russia exceeded 93,000.

    Only the day before, Russia bypassed China, where the pandemic began. In Russia, at the same time, there are significantly …

  • Kremlin: Russia will not reopen its borders this year

    The opening of Russia's borders is not expected this year, said Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Rossiya 24 TV channel.

    According to her, Russians should not plan any foreign trips for at least the next year. "In recent years, our citizens have been traveling a lot, both abroad and within the country. One year is not a tragedy, is it? No foreign trips should be planned for this year, because not only Russia, but other countries will not fully remove restrictions very …

  • Kyiv: Russia conceals COVID-19 cases among military in Crimea

    Russian authorities hide information about COVID-19 cases among the military stationed in annexed Crimea, stated the Ministry of Reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

    "In all temporarily occupied territories - both in the Donbass and in Crimea - there is an acute shortage of medical personnel to treat patients. The spread of coronavirus among military contingent is carefully concealed," the statement reads.

    As the Ukrainian Ministry noted, representatives of the …

  • 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 …