Italian News Agency says Russian aid to combat COVID-19 «useless»

Italian news Agency La Stampa published a report saying that 80% of the equipment sent by Russia to Italy are “useless.” In its report the agency cited ‘high-level political sources’ who spoke on condition of anonymity.

According to the report, the source said that “eighty percent of Russian supplies are totally useless or of little use to Italy. In short, this is little more than a pretext.” The source added that Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte accepted Russian aid “to secure good personal relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

Sergei Razov, Russian Ambassador in Italy, commented on the report and said it was “perverse.”

“Such assertions are the product of a perverse mind. A selfless desire to help a friendly people in trouble is seen as insidious,” Razov said.

Italian Envoy Pasquale Terraccia on Wednesday thanked Russia for the aid and said the equipment sent by Moscow was critically important. “It is very important that all this medical equipment includes 600 ventilators, which are critically important at this stage of the epidemic,” he stated.

Italy is facing the deadliest outbreak of COVID-19 with the death toll of 7,500 and total number of cases over 74,000.

Vesna News — official website

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