Russia welcomes coronavirus "good will" delivery of ventilators from U.S. agency it banned

By Alexandra Odynova

May 22, 2020 / 10:25 AM / CBS News

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said on Thursday that 50 ventilators had arrived in the Russian capital as part of the $5.6 million humanitarian package.

House Democrats are criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to send 200 ventilators to Russia according to a letter sent to the White House Friday.

“It appears you may be providing or selling ventilators to other countries as gifts or favors to serve your own political or personal interests without any meaningful strategic justification, thorough interagency process, or policy rationale for doing so,” according to the letter, signed by lawmakers including House Oversight and Government Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel.

The United States delivered the first of multiple shipment of ventilators to Moscow Russia to help in the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. The first C-17 aircraft landed at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport on May 21.