A Russian An-124 heavy transport aircraft carrying medical supplies arrived in New York on April 1 with a load of medical equipment and masks to help Washington fight the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
The An-124 airlifter landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport at around 4 pm EDT on April 1. The aircraft, operated by the Russian Air Force contractor 224th Flight Unit, took off from an airfield outside Moscow early on Wednesday.
MoD cargo aircraft Ruslan AN-124-100 arrived in NY JFK airport with 60 tons of medical equipment, ventilators, masks & other protection gear to assist in fighting real common adversary – #COVID19. politics, just saving lives! pic.twitter.com/whFk03F0Jd
— Russians at NATO (@natomission_ru) April 1, 2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to send medical supplies in a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday.
“Trump gratefully accepted this humanitarian aid,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by the Interfax news agency.
Trump spoke enthusiastically about the Russian help after his call with Putin.
“And I have to say, we’ve had great relationships with a lot of countries,” Trump said. “Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment, which was very nice.”