Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Yun Ma during a session of the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia in 2017 [File: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/Reuters]

Russia has received more than a million face masks and 200,000 coronavirus testing kits as a gift from Jack Ma, becoming the latest country to welcome a donation from the Chinese billionaire businessman amid the global health crisis.

Calling Ma “a real friend”, the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the cofounder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba had spoken by telephone to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and told him how touched he had been by Moscow’s own help for China.


The foundations of Alibaba and Ma said on Wednesday that they

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