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.
First coronavirus death reported in Russia, TASS reports. The deceased is a 79-year-old elderly woman with accompanying chronic illnesses who died at a hospital in Moscow.
So far, Russia has reported 147 cases of coronavirus, less than many other European countries. But the figure has risen sharply in recent days.
A "permanent ceasefire" in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib is essential "as soon as possible," according to Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).
"We lost our heroes outside our borders. Why did we lose them? We are waiting for a reasonable answer," CHP spokesperson Faik Öztrak told a press conference in Ankara.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, say they have reached agreements that could end fighting in northwestern Syria.
They say a cease-fire will come into force in Idlib at midnight.
Putin also voiced hope that the deal would end civilian suffering and help contain a humanitarian crisis.