MINSK, 17 April (BelTA) – The Ilyushin Il-76MD airlifter with 32 tonnes of humanitarian cargo on board arrived from Beijing at the Machulishchi airfield near Minsk, BelTA has learned.
The flight was chartered by the Belarusian Embassy in China. The humanitarian cargo included rapid test kits, respirators, face masks, oxygen saturation monitors, medical gowns, infrared thermometers, goggles, disposable gloves.
The cargo also included aid from the provinces and cities of the People's Republic of China, which established sisterly relations with the regions of Belarus. These are Gansu, Hubei, Henan, Hunan, Guangdong, Shandong, Jiangsu, and Chongqing, Tianjin, Shanghai and others.
The board was airborne for a total of over 19 hours, with a fuel top-up in Novosibirsk. The total length of the route exceeded 13,500km.
On 16 April, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Belarus Cui Qiming told BelTA that many Chinese companies, which work in Belarus, actively contribute to the efforts to donate medical supplies to Belarus. As of 15 April, the total amount of medical humanitarian assistance provided by Chinese companies amounted to about $1.64 million. During the surge in COVID-19 cases in China, Belarus sent humanitarian aid to this country. According to the ambassador, that was great moral and financial support to China.