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Russian military’s Il-76 transport planes with medical specialists and aid on board landed on Sunday evening at Pratica di Mare air base near Rome to help Italy in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio welcomed the Russian medical professionals at the air base.
“I want to thank you in the name of the Italian Republic for help and bringing supplies. We will always be grateful to the Russian Federation for solidarity and friendship which it demonstrated,” Di Maio said.
Russia sent nine planes with aid to Italy after Russian President Vladimir Putin called Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on March 21 to discuss the coronavirus crisis.
Italy has been Europe’s worst-hit country by the COVID-19 outbreak with over 59,000 confirmed cases and more than 5,400 deaths thus far.
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