MOSCOW, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Moscow on Wednesday refuted Canberra's claims that Russian humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine is a disguise of military intervention into that country.
"Russia sees as unacceptable the groundless statements of the Australian government which absurdly claim that humanitarian aid for the population of the Ukraine's south-eastern regions could be used as a pretext for the Russian 'military intervention' to the neighboring country," the Foreign Ministry said in an online statement.
Moscow pointed at Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop as one who has "come too far" in these "irresponsible statements."
Moscow also slammed Bishop for her allegations that Russia was responsible for bringing down the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.
"Her position presupposes building bridges between countries, not destroying them," the Itar-Tass news agency quoted the ministry as saying.
According to Australian media, Bishop said: "Australia would condemn in the strongest possible terms any effort by Russia to enter Ukraine under the guise of some kind of humanitarian mission. "
Bishop also accused Russia of arming the insurgents in Ukraine, and called on China to help pile more pressure on Moscow "to stop the flow of weapons and military personnel into Ukraine."
Earlier on Wednesday, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Kiev would not allow the Russian convoy to cross to the Ukrainian territory, writing on his Facebook that Kiev considered the humanitarian convoy a "provocation."
A total of 280 Russian trucks carrying around 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid are expected to reach Ukrainian border late Wednesday Moscow time.
Kiev has repeatedly blamed Moscow for inciting the separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, which Russia consistently denies.