SOCHI, August 12 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine notified the Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday that it was ready to receive humanitarian aid supplies to the population of violence-torn eastern regions of the country, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
A convoy of 280 trucks is expected to arrive at the Ukrainian border on Wednesday, carrying some 2,000 tons of relief aid contributed by Moscow and the Moscow Region.
"We received today a notification confirming Ukraine's readiness to receive this aid," Lavrov told reporters in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
The minister said the Kiev authorities had guaranteed the security of the deliveries along a humanitarian corridor controlled by Kiev-led forces.
Lavrov also stressed that independence supporters in eastern Ukraine had also been notified of the humanitarian mission, and expressed hope that they would not interfere with the deliveries.
Earlier on Monday, Moscow and Kiev said in a statement that they have agreed to a Red Cross-led humanitarian mission to the war-torn Ukrainian region of Luhansk, where food and energy supplies are running short.
Russia proposed sending humanitarian aid to Ukraine’s eastern regions under the auspice of the International Committee of the Red Cross last week. A number of Western countries, including the United States, Britain and Germany, called the initiative into question, saying the aid would be “unjustified and illegal” unless Russia secures Kiev’s consent.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly stressed the need for urgent measures to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and urged its Western partners not to disrupt the humanitarian efforts.