Coronavirus settle-up: Russia bills U.S. for $660K in, er, ‘aid’

Coronavirus settle-up: Russia bills U.S. for $660K in, er, ‘aid’
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[Ed. – You probably don’t remember the brief but glorious Touting of the Aid by the mainstream media, because we didn’t make a note of it here.  We’re now feeling pretty good about that.  Not only are the Russians sending a bill: the materials that came included useless gas masks and household cleaning gloves.  If we were cynics, we’d speculate that sending the bill was actually the main point our Russian benefactors were building up to.]

Russia billed the U.S. nearly $660,000 for its medical aid flight last month that included thousands of pieces of equipment not typically used by hospitals, including chemical warfare-style gas masks and household cleaning gloves, according to a government record of the shipment.

The cargo also included 45 ventilators that were not immediately useable because of voltage-related issues, according to two U.S. officials.

It was not immediately clear how useful the April 1 shipment to New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport has been for nearby hospitals. The federal government said it transferred the supplies to New York and New Jersey state officials, who did not immediately respond to questions …

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