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Russian plane filled with medical supplies and equipment is en route to US

President Trump accepts Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer of help

Photo by MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images

A Russian plane with medical supplies and equipment is on its way to the United States, according to reports.

The arrival of the plane reportedly follows a Monday discussion with President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during which Trump accepted an offer of help from Moscow.

What are the details?

During the conversation, Putin reportedly offered to send personal protective equipment and other medical-related gear to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.

At the time of this writing, nearly 190,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S, and more than 4,000 people have died because of the virus.

A senior Trump administration official told Politico that the plane — an-124 Russian cargo aircraft — is filled with supplies to benefit Americans with coronavirus. The official added that all supplies will be immediately put to use, so long as they meet Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

"Likewise, the United States is sending equipment and supplies to many other countries and will continue to do more as we are able," the official said, according to the outlet.

In a tweet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote, "Following phone talk between Presidents #Putin & @realDonaldTrump #Russia sends largest cargo aircraft An-124 Ruslan with medical supplies (masks + equipment) to #US to help fight #COVID19 pandemic, save lives of American citizens."

According to Fox News, Trump said that Russia's offer was "very nice."

"[W]e've had great relationships with a lot of countries," Trump said during a Monday briefing, according to the outlet. "China sent us some stuff, which was terrific. Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment, which was very nice."

In a Tuesday tweet, the Russian Embassy said, "Importantly, when offering assistance to the American colleagues, President Putin is guided by the following consideration: when manufacturers of medical equipment gain momentum they will be able to reciprocate if need be."

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