Three Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transport planes carrying medical supplies and experts to help Italy battle its devastating Covid-19 crsis landed at the Italian air force base Praktik de Mare, on Sunday.
The aircraft brought medics and specialists in infectious diseases from Russia, as well as equipment necessary for diagnostics and disinfection.
The emergency aid was received personally by the Italian Chief of the Defense Staff, General Enzo Vecciarelli, who thanked the Russian people for lending a helping hand.
I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of the entire Italian people for Russian assistance at such a difficult moment…
The team will immediately begin their work once the Italian side clarifies areas of deployment, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.