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20 August 201412:24

On a meeting between Russia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov and Mr Laurent Corbaz, ICRC Head of Operations for Europe and Central Asia

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On 20 August, Russia's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov met with Mr Laurent Corbaz, Head of Operations for Europe and Central Asia of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Mr Ryabkov and Mr Corbaz reviewed the issues related to the urgent need to deliver the Russian humanitarian relief shipment to the regions of southeastern Ukraine affected by the hostilities.

The discussion was conducted with due consideration for the numerous 19 August telephone conversations between Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, ICRC President Peter Maurer and Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin.

The sides stated that they were aware of the lorry convoy's readiness to move off. An ICRC advance party has been deployed along the planned convoy route.

Mr Ryabkov and Mr Corbaz have arranged to maintain further contacts.

20 August 2014

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