Lavrov Says Humanitarian Aid Will Not be Reloaded at the Border and That All Matters Have Been Agreed

Moscow has agreed with all of Kyiv’s suggestions regarding the humanitarian mission to the south-east of Ukraine and corrected the convoy route, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

"We have agreed to the route that is comfortable to the Kyiv authorities. We have agreed to have Ukrainian license plates on our trucks during their movement in Ukraine," he said.

"We have agreed to take on not only representatives of the ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross] and the OSCE [Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe] aboard the trucks but also representatives of the Ukrainian authorities," the minister said, Censor.NET reports citing ITAR-TASS.

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Ukraine has decided against reloading relief supplies from the Russian humanitarian convoy after its examination on the border, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

He said this idea had been proposed during the talks but then rejected.

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"They insisted on reloading the cargo from all 287 trucks to the trucks to be provided by the ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross] but eventually gave it up for obvious reasons as this would have made the humanitarian mission more complicated and costlier," Lavrov said.

"I hope very much that certain public statements made in Kiev today by some officials who demanded new conditions will be disavowed and that they will not impede the implementation of the agreements reached by Russia, Ukraine and the ICRC," the minister said.

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ICRC officials will meet the convoy on the border with Ukraine at the point that was agreed to by Kiev, examine it and accompany the convoy to the destination, primarily in the Luhansk region, he said.

Russian Foreign Minister said that the Ukrainian authorities guarantee the security of the passage of Russian humanitarian aid convoy through the territory they control. "We firmly believe the assurances that we were given by the Ukrainian authorities: they ensure the safety of traffic of the convoy in the territory, which is controlled by the security forces of Kyiv," Lavrov said.

He noted that the militants were also informed by the Russian side as to the passage of humanitarian convoy and expressed hope that they will also ensure its safety.

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