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Ukraine says ready to accept more Russian humanitarian aid with conditions

English.news.cn   2014-08-27 03:13:43

KIEV, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it didn't rule out a possibility of receiving a second convoy of humanitarian aid from Russia if certain conditions were met.

"Any further deliveries of humanitarian aid could be considered if Russia complies with agreed rules," Foreign Ministry spokesman Eugene Perebiynis was quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency as saying. He also voiced the hope that Russia would take steps to better coordinate delivery of its humanitarian aid with Kiev and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Kiev insists that the Russian convoy should undergo a border inspection before being allowed to enter Ukraine, while the ICRC should supervise and distribute the aid, according to the Ukrainian official.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Sunday sent an official note to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to notify it of Moscow's intention to prepare the second convoy of humanitarian aid for the war-torn regions in eastern Ukraine.

On Friday, a 280-truck humanitarian aid convoy transporting some 2,000 metric tons of relief supplies entered Ukraine without Kiev's consent and International Committee of the Red Cross employee's escort, drawing fierce condemnation from Kiev as well as serious concerns from major Western countries.

Kiev and some Western countries have been opposing Russia's delivery of humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine for fear that Russia "might take the opportunity to invade Ukraine."

Washington and its allies condemned the move as "a further provocation and a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Russia said Saturday that the convoy had returned home empty- loaded, refuting Kiev's allegation of it taking goods back.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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