Friday, April 3, 2020

Send Them Back.

Of course, how about sticking to principles and rules based order;)) 
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ventilators delivered by Russia to the United States for coronavirus patients were manufactured by a Russian company that is under U.S. sanctions, Russia's RBC business daily reported on Friday. A Russian military plane carrying the ventilators along with other medical supplies including personal protective equipment landed in New York on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone. Russian state television footage of the plane's unloading showed boxes of "Aventa-M" ventilators, which are produced by the Ural Instrument Engineering Plant (UPZ) in the city of Chelyabinsk, 1,500 km (930 miles) east of Moscow, RBC reported. UPZ is part of a holding company called Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), which itself is a unit of Russian state conglomerate Rostec. KRET has been under U.S. sanctions since July 2014, with U.S. firms and nationals barred from doing business with it. The issue was further complicated by the question of whether it was the United States or Russia's sovereign wealth fund RDIF, which was added to U.S. sectoral sanctions in 2015, that paid for the ventilators. A senior administration official on Friday said sanctions did not apply to medical supplies.
You gotta love this. But if  "sanctions did not apply to medical supplies", how about IMF (controlled by the US) issuing a loan for Iran, who desperately needs it precisely for medical supplies? And as was expected:
The State Department on Friday did not have immediate comment on the sanctions question.
Of course, not. And then, of course, this issue of "who paid for what". I guess at this stage this all is beyond redemption, the system is completely fvcked and cannot be reformed.

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