FILE PHOTO: Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group arrives on the "Tech for Good" Summit in Paris, France Might 15, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
MOSCOW (1) - Russia has obtained greater than a million masks and 200,000 coronavirus testing kits as a gift from Chinese language billionaire businessman Jack Ma, its Defence Ministry stated on Thursday.
Calling Ma “a actual pal”, the ministry stated in a assertion that the co-founder of Chinese language e-commerce large Alibaba had spoken by phone to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and instructed him how touched he had been by Moscow’s personal assist for China.
The foundations of Alibaba and Ma stated on Wednesday they'd despatched medical gear to Russia. The Russian Defence Ministry stated Ma’s gift had been delivered in a Russian air drive airplane which had flown from China.
President Vladimir Putin stated on Thursday he hoped Russia would defeat coronavirus in two to a few months if it imposed powerful measures, as authorities suspended worldwide flights, ordered most retailers in Moscow to close and halted some church companies.
Russia on Thursday reported 182 new coronavirus circumstances, its greatest one-day rise but, bringing its official tally to 840.
Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Modifying by Alexander Smith