Bishop stressed that any attempt by Russians to send troops to the Donbas under the guise of humanitarian mission will meet strong condemnation of the Australian authorities.
The Russian Federation, which today sent a "humanitarian convoy" to Ukraine, to improve the situation in the eastern regions of the country, first of all should stop supplying weapons and militants to the pro-Russian separatists.
This was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia Julia Bishop after a meeting with the heads of the State and Defense Departments of the USA in Sydney, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the US State Department.
"If Russia was worried about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, the first thing to do is to stop the supply of weapons and militants to eastern Ukraine," she said. Bishop stressed that any attempt by Russians to send troops to the Donbas under the guise of humanitarian mission will meet strong condemnation of the Australian authorities.
"It is obvious that such assistance should be provided by donor countries, the UN, the International Red Cross, and this is what we expect," she said. The Minister also noted that the Russian authorities even after downing a passenger plane in July of this year, have not diminished but increased the supply of weapons to the pro Russian militants in the Donbas.