MOSCOW, August 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Foreign Ministry has denied the allegations about concealing the information about the content of Russia’s humanitarian cargo sent to help residents of southeastern Ukraine, the ministry said in a statement.
“[We] categorically deny malevolent fact spinning that the representatives of several governmental structures of Ukraine have been busy with recently. In particular, according to media reports, representatives of Ukraine’s Security Service maintain that the Russian side refused to deliver the cargo for the Donbas region through Kiev-controlled checkpoints,” the statement reads.
“[They] spread allegations that we did not provide official information about the content of the humanitarian aid,” the ministry added.
The ministry stressed that the itinerary of the aid delivery had been agreed with Ukraine and that the detailed list of the humanitarian cargo had been handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who did not ask for additional specifications.
“That’s why attempts to make it look as if the Russian side is delaying the handover of documents to the Red Cross, are, to say the least, puzzling,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said.
Earlier today, the ICRC said that it would take Russia’s humanitarian convoy under its responsibility only after Moscow and Kiev reach an agreement and that trilateral talks are underway.
“Russian and Ukrainian sides should reach an agreement. Unless there is a detailed deal, the Red Cross cannot take the cargo under its responsibility,” she added.
Earlier this week, Russia sent a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine of 280 trucks carrying about 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid, with 400 tons of grain, 100 tons of sugar, 62 tons of baby food, 54 tons of medication, 12,000 sleeping bags and 69 mobile electrical generators.
Russia proposed sending humanitarian aid to Ukraine’s eastern regions under the auspice of the ICRC last week. A number of Western countries, including the United States, Britain and Germany, called the initiative into question, saying the aid would be “unjustified and illegal” unless Russia secures Kiev’s consent.