"The European Union regrets of the decision made by Russia to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine without the Red Cross escort and the consent of the Ukrainian authorities. This is a clear violation of the border with Ukraine. It also goes against previous agreements reached by Ukraine, Russia and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
"We appeal to Russia to cancel its decision," he said. Representative of the EEAS stressed that in order to ensure respect for international humanitarian law and the principles of the convoy, which must be of strictly humanitarian character, the ICRC must accompany the convoy.
"We appreciate the Ukrainian government for its restraint as well as readiness for negotiations in order to avoid a further escalation of the crisis. Ukrainian sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and independence should be respected," he stressed.
In addition, the representative of the EEAS reminded once again of the EU position, according to which the Russian humanitarian aid should be directed in full compliance with international humanitarian law and principles through international humanitarian organizations and in coordination with the Government of Ukraine.