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US promises to influence Kiev to facilitate relief aid delivery to eastern Ukraine

August 14, 2014, 7:14 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
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UNITED NATIONS, August 14, /ITAR-TASS/. The U.S. delegation at the United Nations has promised to “positively influence Kiev” in the issue of relief aid delivery to eastern Ukraine, Russian U.N. ambassador Vitaly Churkin told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

Commenting on discussions on that topic at the U.N. Security Council, he said it was regrettable that Western countries’ positions featured “too much of peanut politics and too little willingness to have an objective, unbiased look at the actions of the Kiev authorities and their gravest consequences for the humanitarian situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.”

“Nevertheless, under the pressure of facts, including those we spoke about at the emergency meeting of the Security Council on August 5, when we announced our initiative to send a humanitarian convoy to the Lugansk and Donetsk regions under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Western members of the Council admit, at least in private conversations, that the problem really exists,” the Russian diplomat said. “And the United States delegation promised to positively influence Kiev. Let us wait and see whether they keep their promise or not. It will be clear when our humanitarian convoy reaches the area and people receive what they need.”

The humanitarian convoy that set off from the Moscow region includes about 280 trucks loaded with about 2,000 tonnes of foods, medicines and other essentials.

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