President Petro Poroshenko has urged Russia to bring the situation with the Russian humanitarian aid convoy for eastern Ukraine back within the framework of international law.
He said this at a meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, the presidential press service reported. "We will do our best to ensure that this doesn’t lead to more serious consequences," he said. On his instruction Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and President’s Administration head Borys Lozhkin had contacted their Russian counterparts to “express Ukraine's concern and propose returning the situation to the field of international law.” Representatives of Ukrainian customs and border services were sent to the Russian border checkpoints with the instruction to permit the access of a humanitarian column from Russia led and accompanied by the Red Cross. "Today these agreements were violated, and the Russian side decided to ignore them and unilaterally renounced the participation of the Red Cross," Poroshenko said.