The Russian Embassy in Italy called inaccurate and misinforming publications in the Stampa newspaper about Russian assistance aimed at combating the coronavirus epidemic. The corresponding statement of Ambassador Sergey Razov was sent to the editor-in-chief of the publication and published on Friday in the electronic version of the newspaper.
“Two people paid attention to the signed Jacobo Jacoboni articles from and March) regarding Russian assistance to Italy in the fight against coronavirus. In this regard, we would like to make a number of comments and considerations. The journalist, referring to information from “sources of a high political level”, claims that allegedly 26% of Russian Italy's help is unnecessary and worthless. Of course, we do not know what sources the author refers to, and we focus primarily on the well-known published statements by officials of the Italian Republic. So, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a telephone conversation 15 March thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the timely and large-scale assistance of Italy in a difficult situation. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Mayo considered it possible to personally come to the Pratica di Mare airbase to meet the aircraft with Russian specialists, machinery and equipment, expressing gratitude to the Russian Federation, ”Razova said in a statement to TASS.
“The correspondent should not disorientate dear readers regarding the true reaction of senior Italian officials to the actions of Russia,” he added.
“As regards the usefulness or futility of the substantial side of Russian assistance, it seems to us that it would be worthwhile to ask the residents of Bergamo, where our specialists and technicians begin to work, about this. After all, it is known that this is one of the most infected cities in northern Italy, where 560 has already died, and 7072 remain infected. Our epidemiologists, virologists, resuscitators, at the request of Italian colleagues, will begin to work in crowded nursing homes in this city, where there is a critical situation due to the shortage of doctors and the need for antiviral treatment of buildings, structures, vehicles. The author of the articles should have understood that the Russian military, like their Italian colleagues, would risk their health, and perhaps their lives, working on the site assigned to them. ”
“Jacoboni sees a certain insidious plan of Russia that the military personnel of the Russian army, including specialists in the field of radiation, chemical and biological protection, are sent to Italy. For the information of the author and your esteemed readers, we inform you that representatives of the Russian troops of radiation, chemical and biological protection are the most mobile, experienced, tested in various regions of the world specialists who can effectively assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, as well as in the necessary disinfection events, ”the diplomat explained.
“As regards the message of the author’s arguments that the direction of the Russian military (by the way, at no cost) is intended to cause some damage to Italy’s relations with NATO partners, We present our readers the opportunity to judge for themselves who and how comes to the aid of the Italian people in difficult times. In Russia, there is a saying: “A friend is in need,” the message says.
Earlier, the Governor of Lombardy, Attilio Fontana, called “jackals” criticizing Russia for helping Italy.
Prior to this, the Italian Ambassador to Moscow, Pasquale Terracciano, thanked Russia for its help in the fight against coronavirus, especially noting the supplies 600 ventilators.
Recall that arrived in Italy affected by the coronavirus 15 aircraft with Russian diagnostic equipment, disinfection stations, as well as around 80 Russian military virologists and epidemiology experts, eight medical and nursing teams.
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