The second Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) flight with a shipment of anti-Covid aid reached India during early hours of April 29 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The first flight landed at the same airport at about 01:30 local time (about 23:00 Wednesday Moscow time). The Indian Red Cross Society, which is the consignee of the cargo, will distribute it among medical facilities.
Earlier Kremlin announced that more than 22 tonnes of cargo were sent to India on two flights of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, including 20 pieces of equipment for oxygen support, 75 artificial lung ventilation devices, 150 medical monitors and 200,000 packages of drugs for the treatment of coronavirus infection.
The US too has said that it will deliver emergency COVID-19 assistance to the tune of over $100 mln to India in the coming days, the White House announced on its website on Wednesday. The assistance includes, in particular, oxygen support, therapeutics, rapid diagnostic tests, personal protective equipment.
PM Modi and Putin dicuss bilateral ties
On April 28, PM Narendra Modi and President of the Russian Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone and discussed the evolving Covid-19 pandemic situation. President Putin conveyed that Russia would extend all possible support to India to fight COVID-19.
Approval for emergency use of Sputnik-V vaccine in India was appreciated by President Putin. The leaders noted that the Russian vaccine will be manufactured in India for use in India, Russia and third countries.
Both leaders attached importance to further deepening bilateral cooperation in various sectors in the spirit of our special and privileged partnership. Prime Minister Modi conveyed appreciation for the support received from Russia for India’s Gaganyaan Program and the completion of the Russian phase of training of the four Gaganyaan astronauts.