The dispatch of Russian military aircraft of the Russian Armed Forces to Italy, suffering from the coronavirus epidemic, took place in a very short time, recognized in the Polish Center for Eastern Studies. However, the author of the analytical commentary “The Russian Army in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic” did not stingy on accusations against Moscow, which is allegedly trying to “fertilize” the Italian authorities and to make discord among NATO allies.
According to a comment by the Center for Oriental Studies, the dispatch of a group of Russian IL-76 aircraft with military doctors and equipment to Italy became possible after a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 21. On the same day, the Russian and Italian Defense Ministries agreed to send mobile military medical service brigades to the European state with virus specialists and aerosol disinfection vehicles.
The Russian military demonstrated worthy preparation of the army to fight the consequences of the pandemic, the author notes.
It is reported that military doctors managed to deploy points for receiving patients with COVID-19 in a short period of time. The material also recalls Rosoboronexport’s proposal made last week to organize rapid delivery of modern field hospitals to countries affected by the pandemic virus. Each treatment unit is designed to hold 300 people for a month.
However, in Russia’s actions, the author of the commentary saw the Kremlin’s malicious goal of destroying unity among NATO member states, as well as an attempt to achieve at least partial lifting of the EU’s anti-Russian sanctions.
“Russia’s support for the fight against the coronavirus may have implications for future relations between Moscow and Rome and for Italy’s position regarding the Russian military threat in Europe. Actions demonstrating Russia’s prompt preparation to provide this kind of assistance <…> allow us to consider it as another element of Moscow’s efforts to destroy the cohesion of its allies in NATO,” the commentary says.
The author draws an analogy with the sale of S-400 complexes, part of the North Atlantic Alliance of Turkey, as well as support for the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. However, the author summarizes, Russia’s actions look favorable against the background of the lack of any real assistance from Rome’s allies in NATO and the European Union.