Russia thanks Vietnam for humanitarian assistance amid COVID-19 hinh anh 1Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova (Photo: AFP) 

Moscow (VNA)
– Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova has expressed thanks to the Vietnamese Government for its continued provision of humanitarian assistance for Russia in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the Vietnamese Government, ministries, agencies and localities have donated about 1 million protective masks together with a plenty of sterilisation equipment to Russia in the spirit of friendship and comprehensive partnership, she addressed a regular press briefing in Moscow on October 29.

All batches of medical equipment have been transported to the port of Vladivostok and will soon be transferred to the Ministry of Emergency Situations for distribution in the Primorsky region, she added.

According to her, both Vietnam and Russia are strengthening close cooperation through their specialised agencies and organisations, including the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre, and through the exchange of expertise, to counter the spread of the pandemic.

Currently, Russia is considering the use of 500 respirators assembled in Vietnam, said Zakharova./.