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Lithuania Sends Medics and Equipment to Armenia to Help Fight Coronavirus

Lithuania today sent eleven medics and experts to Armenia to help fight the ongoing coronavirus crisis in that country.

Lithuania also sent 1.5 tons of medical equipment and 30,000 coronavirus test kits to Yerevan.

According to a LRT article, included in the team is Marius Čiurlionis, an adviser from the Lithuanian Health Ministry, who will lead the operation headquarters, as well as military officers from Lithuania’s Emergency Operations Centre, several medics, and nurses.

Attending the sending off ceremony at Šiauliai airport were the Minister of Health of Lithuania Aurelijus Veryga, the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Lithuania Tigran Mkrtchyan, and the Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Rasa Kairienė.

Veryga thanked the medics who volunteered to go to Armenia, because “it's a risky matter […] to fly to a hotspot where the disease is still spreading”.

Armenian Ambassador to Lithuania Tigran Mkrtchyan expressed his thanks for the assistance, noting that Lithuania was the first country to respond to his country’s request for medical help.

“It’s the first humanitarian assistance project of this type in Lithuania’s history. It meets Armenia’s needs and has been implemented very swiftly,” Rasa Kairienė of Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. “It took a bit more than two weeks from the idea to its implementation.”

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