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Russian Aid To U.S. Came From Sanctioned State-Owned Company

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Russian Aid To U.S. Came From Sanctioned State-Owned Company

Aventa-M ventilators being unloaded. Click to see full-size image

On April 1st, the Russian medical aid arrived in New York, which currently has 83,901 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The aid includes personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies.

Notably, this includes the Aventa-M ventilators, produced by the Ural Instrument Engineering Plant.

It is part of the Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies, which itself is a part of Rostec.

Regardless, returning to Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies.

On July 16th, 2014 the Obama administration imposed sanctions through the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) by adding Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies and other entities to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN) in retaliation for the situation in Ukraine and the events of Crimea.

As part of the Entity List, the US reasonably believes that the Russian company is involved in, or poses a significant risk of being or becoming involved in, activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy of the United States.

As such, export to the US of these companies is generally prohibited, US citizens, businesses and generally anybody associated with the US is impeded from doing any sort of business with them.

Yet, they just received their ventilators, while the sanctions remain.

In addition to make things more interesting, the US Department of State published a statement, saying that the aid Russia sent was actually “purchased” by the US.

“The United States is committed to the global fight against COVID-19.  We are a generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action across the world, but we cannot do it alone.  The countries of the G20 agreed last week to work together to defeat the coronavirus, and we are working closely with these countries and others to ensure that critically needed supplies get to those in need.

As a follow-up to the March 30 phone call between President Trump and President Putin, the United States has agreed to purchase needed medical supplies, including ventilators and personal protection equipment, from Russia, which were handed over to FEMA on April 1 in New York City.

Both countries have provided humanitarian assistance to each other in times of crisis in the past and will no doubt do so again in the future.  This is a time to work together to overcome a common enemy that threatens the lives of all of us.”

Thus, it would appear that one of two things is true:

  1. The US, itself, doesn’t pay any respect to its own sanctions, and the situation is so dire that it would do business with an Entity it itself deemed a threat to its interests;
  2. If the part about “purchasing” the aid is untrue, then it is so desperate for supplies, that it would receive them from just about anybody, even sanctioned Entities (except Cuba, of course), and is even willing to go as far as to attempt and save face by saying it paid for the aid.

Since neither US President Donald Trump, nor Russian President Vladimir Putin made any mention of these supplies being a sort of transaction, in the same way that no payment is expected from Italy for receiving 15 planes of equipment and Russian specialists.

April 2nd, 13:15 CET UPDATE: The spokeswoman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova said that 50% of the medical aid provided to the US was purchased by the Washington, and the other half was covered by Russia, and specifically by the Russian Direct Investment fund.

“As you know, RDIF [Russian Direct Investment Fund] plays a significant role in Russian and American business cooperation, and supports American business in Russia,” she added.

The fund, in turn, noted the critical importance of dialogue between the two countries for the successful fight against coronavirus at the global level.

“RDIF paid half the cost of medical equipment for hospitals, hospitals and laboratories in New York. We also work with US companies to deliver the goods from the United States, if necessary, and expect US partners to pay half of its cost.”

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  • Lone Ranger

    CIA trolls and hasbarats will cry and rage ;)

    • Jake321

      Nahhhhhhhhhh…I think they will mostly laugh. But that’s only a guess since I don’t know any of them nor am I one. But I noticed you got the new Kremlin Party Line memo to no longer call the Pandemic a hoax or a nothing burger or no threat to Russia. Your masters say jump and you say, How high? That sure is also pretty funny, Igor.

      • Lone Ranger

        I never said its no threat.
        I said its overblown and that according to the Italian statistics.
        More people died during the same time period three years ago.
        Contrary to you I dont have or need a party line ;)

        • cechas vodobenikov

          they don’t teach rhetorical fallacies or symbolic logic in joke’s trailer park
          her straw man fallacy is her own humiliation
          “Americans live in a thicket of illusions–they demand illusions about themselves” Daniel Boorstin
          “amerikans r entirely confused about themselves”. Simone de Beauvoir
          “amerikans r an untidy, ungrammatical people that hardly know themselves”. Walt Whitman

      • Lone Ranger

        But better safe than sorry…
        CIA is crying.
        Pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan…
        The opium business will go belly up…oy oy…:)

      • cechas vodobenikov

        clearly a primitive murikan—more amusing CIA sulking and projections by the cultureless durak

  • Lone Ranger

    Thank You Russia.
    The only adult in the room.

  • Lone Ranger

    Russia is life, Russia is love.

  • Lone Ranger

    Papa Putin dabest.

  • Lone Ranger

    Russia is delivering lifesaving aid, U.S. delivers war, sanctions and misery.
    Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

  • Lone Ranger

    A friend in need is indeed a friend.

  • Lone Ranger

    Sanctions are a joke, Always were.
    And now its out in the open why.

  • John

    One for Russia. :)

  • Me&Myself None

    While the US is begging other countries for help, an aid shipment from Alibaba to Cuba was just prevented/blocked by US sanctions.

    • TTdr

      Czech even confiscated a plane load of China aids transit for Italy. Poland denied Russia aids plsne its airspace.

      Alibaba is foolish to transit via US. It should use a Russia cargo plane or transit at neutral nation.

  • Jim Bim

    While Russia is delivering aid to the US, the US delivers threats, war, sanctions and misery to others.

  • TTdr

    After receiving Russia aids, Trumps will slap more sanctions on Russia. Once recover, the largest USNato wargame will resume at Russia doorstep.

    Just as Trumps after receiving Chinese plane loads of medical aids, he signed a Taipei Acts to support Taiwan independent. Conduct thrice FON intruding China SCS territory, even have spy planes start intruding Chinese air space now. How grateful.

    US FDA even drop China KN95 mask standard and ventilator from approved list to signified China products are inferior unqualified.

    But quietly, it just snatch 6M masks from a plane suppose to head for France by offering double price. NY has also ordered 17,000 ventilators from China after US federal delivered ones are mostly defective.

    • Me&Myself None

      They (US) have done the same yesterday to a plane load of kits from Alibaba to Canada.

  • cechas vodobenikov

    USA #1
    begging,hypocrisy, lying, rape, obesity, attacking weak island nations, losing wars, Covid 19, homelessness, incompetence,illiteracy, incarcerated citizens, wealth/income disparities, etc—a true “shithole country”
    entirely expected from a pathetic empire near collapse

  • Dawn

    Ungrateful States of America