PARIS, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday expressed cautions over Russia's decision to send aid convoy to eastern Ukraine, adding humanitarian help should be "multilateral," and with "Ukraine consent."
In a phone talk with his Russian counterpart, Hollande emphasized "very serious concerns that could trigger Russia's unilateral mission in Ukraine," as western leaders fear Moscow move would be a pretext to invade eastern Ukraine where Kiev forces were still fighting pro-Russia separatists.
Hollande also stressed "a humanitarian operation could not occur in Ukraine without the consent of the Ukrainian national authorities," and should be "multilateral under the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)'s aegis."
On Monday, Putin announced decision to send humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine where thousands of people suffered from electricity, water shortage and lack of medical aid because of continued battle between Ukrainians forces and militants loyal to Moscow.
For his part, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for an international aid mission involving EU and Russia and under the aegis of the ICRC.