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Russia is preparing the second “humanitarian convoy”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia officially informed the Ukrainian diplomats about the plans to send to Ukraine another “humanitarian convoy“. The Ukrainian side in response, demanded from Russia to follow the rules of dispatch outwards. About plans to sand to Ukraine the second “humanitarian convoy” the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey […]

second humanitarian convoyThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia officially informed the Ukrainian diplomats about the plans to send to Ukraine another “humanitarian convoy“. The Ukrainian side in response, demanded from Russia to follow the rules of dispatch outwards.

About plans to sand to Ukraine the second “humanitarian convoy” the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov said yesterday. According to him, the Russian Foreign Ministry has sent to Ukrainian colleagues note, that lists what and how much will be among humanitarian assistance.

“We expressed the hope that close cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities in the coordination of all necessary formalities”, Lavrov said (as quoted by the official website of the Russian Foreign Ministry).

Speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Eugenie Perebiynos said today that the Ukrainian diplomats received the note. And wrote a response, in which were pointed serious violations in the delivery of humanitarian assistance last time.

“Any further deliveries of humanitarian assistance can be considered only in case of the implementation by Russia the clear rules: realization of control by Ukrainian customs officers and border guards of all goods, its transfer to the Red Cross, which will be responsible for its delivery, storage and distribution”, quotes the agency “Interfax-Ukraine” of Perebiynos.

The issue about humanitarian assistance for Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the Ukrainian side expects to discuss on today’s trilateral ongoing meeting in the format of Ukraine – the EU – Customs Union in Minsk.

The first Russian convoy with so-called “humanitarian assistance” went to Ukraine on August 12. It was planned that the trucks would cross the border at the checkpoint “Shebekino-Pletenik” on the border of Belgorod and Kharkov regions. The Ukrainian side put forward a condition, on the neutral zone “humanitarian assistance” need to shift at the warehouse and on the trucks of the Red Cross send to a combat area. On 13 August in Kharkov region had prepared to take trucks of “escort”, but the convoy changed its course and headed to Rostov region on the border with Lugansk region, where were some checkpoints, not controlled by the state border service of Ukraine.

August 22 trucks with humanitarian assistance began to erupt in Ukraine, at that time as the Ukrainian border guards and custom officials, who were supposed to test the vehicles, were locked. The fact of the passage without checking cargo by Ukrainian side, the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentin Nalivaychenko called “direct invasion of Ukraine”. According to the statement of the Council of National Security and Defense of Ukraine, moving out to the Russian Federation the trucks took out the equipment from Ukrainian defense factories.

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