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Poroshenko concerned about Russia's plan to send new aid convoy to Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday voiced concern about Russia's plans to send a new aid convoy to Ukraine.

He stated his opinion in a telephone conversation with President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, which took place ahead of the Minsk meeting between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union on August 26.

Poroshenko and Rompuy agreed that the Ukrainian issue could be discussed separately by the EU heads of state and government at a meeting of the Council of Europe in Brussels on August 30.

Germany expects Russia to coordinate new convoy with Ukraine and ICRC

Germany expects the new humanitarian convoy Russia plans to send to Ukraine's embattled southeast will be coordinated with the Kiev authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a top government official said on Monday.

"We assume that this convoy will be coordinated with the ICRC and the Ukrainian government," deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter said.

Earlier on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia planned the same route for the next humanitarian convoy which is to set off towards the Ukrainian border already this week.

Lavrov also said Russia had sent a note to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and the International Committee of the Red Cross informing them of the new convoy, attaching a detailed list of the cargo planned for dispatch.

The first humanitarian convoy of some 270 KamAZ trucks carrying 2,000 tons of aid arrived in Luhansk on August 22. The trucks safely returned to Russia on the following day.

[Source: Itar Tass, Kiev, 25Aug14]

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