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Moscow to pull out military medics from Italy as Russia’s cases rise

MOSCOW: Russia will on Thursday begin pulling out military medical personnel who have assisted in Italy’s coronavirus-stricken Lombardy region, as Russia’s caseload continues to rise, state media reported.
Russia had sent about 100 military medical experts and other staff to the north-west Lombardy region to help care for coronavirus patients and disinfect medical facilities.
Russian President Vladimir Putin touted the mission as important for the Russian personnel to gain experience treating the disease. The United States has criticized the presence of Russian military forces in Italy, a NATO member state.
The Russian personnel assisted in more than 90 localities in the Lombardy region, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Tomorrow we will begin the pull-out of radiation, chemical and biological protection units from Italy,” Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.
Russia’s identified coronavirus caseload surpassed 165,000 on Wednesday, making it the world’s fifth largest nationwide outbreak. (DPA)

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