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Members of the Russian special forces arrive at an Italian military base to lend a hand, near Bergamo (Lombardy), on March 27, 2020. – Defense Ministry / TASS / Sipa USA / SIPA

Special forces members Russian disinfected a retirement home in the region of Bergamo in Lombardy (north of Italy), in which 35 people died of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

The soldiers, arrived in large khaki trucks with the Russian flag, were tasked with wiping out the virus from the Honegger retirement home, which is located in Albino, a village surrounded by mountains where a total of 143 people have died since the February 23.

Dressed from head to toe in full blue, gray or glacier coveralls, and their faces entirely covered by transparent plastic filter masks, they were first completely disinfected with a jet before tackling the retirement home properly said, a large modern building, predominantly green.

“The last time the Russian army set up in Italy was in 1799”

Inside, posted at their window, two old ladies with glasses watch the comings and goings, with a curiosity tinged with a touch of concern. In peace, the soldiers, dispatched by Moscow as a sign of friendship with Rome, are busy around large stainless steel cans containing the disinfectant. “We started on the outside with our mobile disinfection unit,” Lt. Col. Andrei Basenav Alexandrovic, martial-looking, told AFPTV as staff and some residents applaud from the windows.

An intervention particularly appreciated by the mayor of Albino Fabio Terzi, his face masked and surmounted by small glasses with metal frames under a thick hair of pepper and salt: “We are delighted with this intervention from our Russian friends, who are well equipped and prepared for this kind of intervention. ” According to the daily La Stampa, which quotes the Russian ambassador in Italy, Russia sent to the peninsula “15 special flights of the military aviation (…) and 122 specialists”.

“We do not refuse aid, but we must also remain very attentive. The Mediterranean, both eastern and central, is a battleground for hegemony, from Syria to Libya. We must avoid a health crisis becoming a politico-military affair, “warned General Marco Bertolini, former head of the Italian Inter-Forces Operational Command (IOC), quoted by the newspaper, who recalls that” the The last time the Russian army set foot in Italy was in 1799 “. According to La Stampa, “Fears have increased both in the government and in the military” after these massive arrivals of Russian soldiers, including many senior officers.

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