May 7, 2020 / 7:00 PM / a month ago

Russia's Putin accepted U.S. offer of ventilators - Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the transport system development via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia May 7, 2020. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday said Russian President Vladimir Putin had accepted his offer to provide ventilators to aid in the fight against the novel coronavirus causes a potentially deadly respiratory illness, adding that Russia is having a hard time with the disease.

Trump and Putin spoke by phone on Thursday, where they discussed the coronavirus as well as arms control, according to the White House.

Reporting by Steve Holland and Lisa Lambert, Editing by Franklin Paul

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