Monitoring Desk: Pentagon and NATO strongly condemn entry of Russian convoy into Ukraine. They call for their immediate removal while Russia said further delays in the delivery of Russian aid to eastern Ukraine, which is facing a humanitarian disaster, would have been unacceptable.
Further delays in the delivery of Russian aid to eastern Ukraine, which is facing a humanitarian disaster, would have been unacceptable, President Vladimir Putin has said in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“Given the obvious protractions by Kiev on the issue of the delivery of Russian aid to southeast regions of Ukraine, which are suffering a humanitarian catastrophe, a decision was made on sending the convoy. Further delaying it would have been unacceptable,” Putin told Merkel on Friday, the Kremlin’s press service reported.
Pentagon “strongly condemns” Russian convoys in Ukraine, calls for their immediate removal: http://t.co/n326dxoA0J
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NATO Secretary General condemns entry of Russian convoy into Ukraine.
In his statement issued on Friday evening, NATO chief Rasmussen said as: I condemn the entry of a Russian so-called humanitarian convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross. This is a blatant breach of Russia’s international commitments, including those made recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty by Russia. It can only deepen the crisis in the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to fuel. The disregard of international humanitarian principles raises further questions about whether the true purpose of the aid convoy is to support civilians or to resupply armed separatists.
— AndersFogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) August 22, 2014
Pentagon and NATO condemn Russian humanitarian convoy into Ukraine while Russia says further delays would have been unacceptable