Moscow has agreed with all of Kiev’s suggestions regarding the humanitarian mission to the south-east of Ukraine and corrected the convoy route, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, Itar-Tass reports.
“We have agreed to the route that is comfortable to the Kiev 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.
Russian officials said on August 12 that a convoy of 280 vehicles carrying some 2,000 tons of aid -- from baby food to sleeping bags -- headed from Moscow to Ukraine.
Ukraine's military said the aid would have to be unloaded from the Russian trucks and transferred by the Red Cross to other vehicles if it is to be allowed in.
The ICRC earlier on August 12 said it had no information on what the Russian trucks were carrying or where they were going.