Russia has announced today that it has sent a humanitarian aid plane to the United States, where the coronavirus pandemic has already claimed more than 4,000 casualties, according to the France Press.
An AN-124 of the Russian Air Force, loaded with protective masks and medical equipment, has flown to the United States, the Defense Ministry said in Moscow.
A Russian military plane carrying medical equipment has departed for the United States, the defense ministry in Moscow said on April 1, as the Kremlin flexes its soft power amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Antonov-124, "with medical masks and medical equipment onboard", left for the U.S. overnight, a statement said, without providing further details.
Director of Martsinovsky Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical and Vector-Borne diseases of Moscow State University "Sechenov", Alexander Lukashev, stated this for the Radio "Moscow Speaking".
The Russian virologist noted that the development of coronavirus in the SARS scenario, when the disease could be completely eradicated, is currently impossible.
Oil prices extended losses in Asian trade on March 30 and languished at 17-year lows, with the coronavirus crisis escalating around the world and no end in sight to a vicious price war.
U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate fell 5.3 percent to trade at $20 a barrel, while international benchmark Brent crude was off 6.5 percent at $23.