The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation is negotiating with China and Finland on the supply of medical oxygen to create reserves in certain regions of Russia, said the head of the ministry Denis Manturov. He noted that there is an acute shortage of medical oxygen in five regions.
According to Mr. Manturov, separate consignments of 100 and 20 tons have already been purchased from Finland and Kazakhstan, respectively. “We are currently negotiating (with Finland .— “B”) on the supply on an ongoing basis of the volume of 240 tons per month. In order to have guaranteed reserves in Siberia and the Far East, our trade missions in China are working out options for direct contracting of liquefied oxygen from the PRC by these regions, ”he said at a meeting of the Presidium of the Coordination Council for Combating COVID-19 (quoted by TASS).
Earlier, nine regions experienced an acute shortage of medical oxygen, but the situation was corrected “in manual mode” and after working “with oxygen producers and regions,” the minister said. He noted that enterprises of the chemical, oil, nuclear and other industries additionally allocated technical oxygen to hospitals.
In June, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin instructed the Ministry of Industry and Trade to form oxygen reserves for hospitals. After that, according to RBC sources, the ministry asked Russian metallurgical companies to reduce the consumption of technical oxygen, warning before that about the possibility of revising contracts.