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    Russia’s deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin said that participants of meeting of Normandy Quartet, comprising Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia, positively assessed the fact that Russia sent humanitarian convoys.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — Participants of Friday’s meeting of the so-called Normandy Quartet, comprising Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia, welcomed Russia’s humanitarian aid deliveries to war-torn eastern Ukraine, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said.

    “Many participants positively assessed the fact that Russia has consistently provided help, sent humanitarian convoys,” Grigory Karasin said.

    Russia has sent numerous convoys carrying humanitarian aid to Ukraine's Donbas region, which is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe following months of fierce fighting.

    The convoys have delivered necessities such as food, medicines, clothing, building materials and power generators. Russia's latest convoy delivered some 1,800 tonnes of humanitarian aid, mostly food, to eastern Ukraine on Wednesday.

    Future aid deliveries should be conducted alongside the International Red Cross, the Quartet agreed, according to Kasarin.

    “How this should be done is a question for the Contact Group, Ukrainian authorities, representatives of the DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic], LPR [Luhansk People’s Republic],” the minister added.

    Friday's meeting in the Normandy format, one of the several formats in which Ukraine peace talks have been conducted, took place in Germany’s capital, Berlin.

    The Normandy Quartet was established last summer, when Ukrainian, Russian, German and French leaders met to discuss the Ukraine crisis on the sidelines of D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France.

    In mid-February, the four leaders met again in a bid to find a solution to Ukraine’s internal conflict. The talks followed weeks of renewed clashes between Kiev-led forces and eastern Ukrainian militia, despite a September ceasefire deal.

    During the Quartet’s summit, conducted simultaneously with a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, the warring sides agreed to a new and urgent ceasefire deal.

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