09 April 2020

Intel: Why Russia is getting involved in Mideast COVID-19 fight

al-monitor.com

Syria has made an official request for Russian assistance to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak. On April 8, Syria’s ambassador to Moscow, Riyad Haddad, told Russian reporters that he had approached the Russian Health Ministry to request aid to clamp down on the spread of COVID-19 in his country.According to Haddad, Damascus has asked Moscow for testing kits and detection equipment, personal protection gear, and medical devices.Why it matters:  On April 7, Syria's government-run news [...]