International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
On telephone conversations between Russia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov and Mr Laurent Corbaz, ICRC Head of Operations for Europe and Central Asia
STATEMENT TO THE MEDIA
On 20 August, Russia's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov spoke over the phone 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 continued a specific and detailed examination of issues linked with organising an urgent delivery of a Russian humanitarian relief shipment to the areas of southeastern Ukraine affected by the hostilities.
The Russian side stressed that all preparatory work needed to implement this highly important humanitarian mission was complete. We advocate its fastest possible beginning. The Russian side has done everything possible to ensure the completely safe passage of the humanitarian aid convoy and the subsequent quick distribution of humanitarian relief aid among needy persons.
20 August 2014