In its activities in southeastern Ukraine, Russia has been strictly guided by international legal principles of humanity and protection of the civilian population from implications of war, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in commenting on international criticism regarding the delivery of humanitarian aid to Lugansk.
"The attempts to present the case as if Russia acted without Kiev's consent are absolutely unfounded," the ministry said in a commentary available on its website on Saturday.
"We forwarded an official request for delivering such aid to Ukraine in the form of a diplomatic note on August 11. Consent was obtained on August 12. As to why 'politicized red tape' continued for ten days after that and who bears responsibility for that, the Russian Foreign Ministry gave exhaustive answers to these questions in its statement of August 22," it said.
Concerning other legal aspects of the Russian humanitarian action, the Foreign Ministry pointed out that the UN International Court of Justice stipulated in its Judgment of June 27, 1986 that "There can be no doubt that the provision of strictly humanitarian aid to persons or forces in another country, whatever their political affiliations or objectives, cannot be regarded as unlawful intervention, or as in any other way contrary to international law" (Paragraph 242).
Today The Russian Foreign Ministry has also described NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen's remark regarding the delivery of humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine as a lie.
"In his statement stuffed with unfounded accusations, like 'Russian military involvement', Fogh Rasmussen also alleged that the humanitarian convoy entered Ukraine 'without the consent of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross'. This is just another lie," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary on Saturday.
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