Telephone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte 2020-03-21 20:10:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte at the initiative of the Russian side. The coronavirus pandemic and the steps taken in both countries to counter the spread of the infection were discussed in detail. Vladimir Putin expressed support to the leadership and people of Italy in view of the extremely severe epidemiological situation in the Italian Republic. The two leaders agreed on close interaction in fighting the coronavirus. In response to the request from the Italian side, the President of Russia confirmed readiness to render the necessary assistance and set out its specific parameters. Thus, there are plans to deliver protective equipment, KAMAZ truck-mounted units for disinfectant spraying of vehicles and territories, medical and other equipment, as well as to send teams of Russian specialists to render practical assistance in the worst-hit areas of the country. The deliveries will be carried out by the Defence Ministry using the Russian Federation Aerospace Forces aircraft. Giuseppe Conte expressed sincere gratitude for the steps taken by Russia to support Italy during this difficult time.