Kyiv receives note on Russia's plan to send second aid convoy to eastern Ukraine
Ukraine has received a Russian note regarding its intention to send a new convoy with humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.
"In our response we drew Russia's attention to the fact that during the previous delivery of such aid by Russia, it seriously violated international regulations, regulations stipulated in the national legislation and agreements reached previously," Perebyinis said.
Essentially, the Russian cargo was moved across the Ukrainian border illegally without an escort of Red Cross representatives and checks by representatives of the Ukrainian border and customs services, whom the Russians essentially forced from the checkpoint, Perebyinis said.
"So any further humanitarian aid deliveries can be considered only so far as Russia complies with concise rules: Ukrainian customs officers and border guards are to clear the whole cargo and then hand it over to the Red Cross, which from that moment will be responsible for delivering, storing and distributing it," Perebyinis said.
"At the same time, we expect that this issue [sending a new batch of humanitarian aid] could be topic of discussion during today's trilateral meeting between Ukraine, the European Union and the Customs Union in Minsk," Perebyinis said.