OREANDA-NEWS. Russia will assist the United States in combating the spread of coronavirus infection, if necessary. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador in Washington Anatoly Antonov.

“Our test kits proved their high quality in China, Iran, and later were delivered to Italy,” he wrote on Facebook. Antonov recalled that Moscow has repeatedly offered Washington assistance, for instance during forest fires in California in 2019.

At the same time, the diplomat expressed concern over the appearance in the American media of “false information” about the ineffective work of the Russian authorities in combating new virus outbreak. The Russian side considers it to be an attempt by the United States to shift public attention from a difficult situation due to the epidemic in the country to other states. “COVID-19 pandemic is a global threat that requires a global response,” he concluded, criticizing attempts to use the emergency situation for “self-promotion”.