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Russia to the rescue? US, Moscow spar over aid deliveries

Posted at 1:47 AM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 01:47:18-04

BY MATTHEW LEE, WASHINGTON — A Russian military cargo plane bearing a load of urgently needed medical supplies landed in New York’s JFK airport this week.

It was an odd twist in the U.S.-Russia rivalry.

Russia touted it as a magnanimous aid contribution to a struggling country in need – its old Cold War rival.

But the State Department insisted it was a commercial transaction: that the U.S. had paid Russia for the supplies and they were certainly not a gift.

Yet President Donald Trump on Thursday referred to the shipment as “aid,” and said the United States had accepted “a very nice offer” from Russian President Vladimir Putin.