A handout still image made available 22 March 2020 by the Russian Defense Ministry shows Russian specialists prepare an Ilyushin IL-76 transport aircraft of Russian Defense Ministry for depart to Italy at the Chkalovsky military airport outside Moscow.
The Russian defence Ministry has prepared nine transport aircrafts for bring eight teams of military virologists and medical equipment to Italy as part of continuing efforts to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease.
The Kremlin said on Monday that medical assistance Russia was providing to Italy to help it battle the new coronavirus was not part of an attempt to get Rome help lift EU sanctions on Moscow.
The Russian army on Sunday began flying medical help to Italy after receiving an order from President Vladimir Putin, a goodwill gesture that Moscow labelled “From Russia with Love”.
Via EPA-EFE/ALEXEI YERESHKO / RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE HANDOUT