The Russian Red Cross (RRC) is ready to take part in the distribution of the second Russian convoy, which is expected to be sent to Ukraine this week.
"We back the plans to send a second humanitarian convoy to Ukraine and we are ready to participate", Raisa Lukutsova, the head of the RRC, told Interfax on Monday.
The technical details of RRC involvement in the distribution of the second humanitarian convoy are not currently being discussed, she said. "However, we are ready. We have people. We can send 35 people," Lukutsova said.
Lukutsova earlier backed the decision made by the Russian authorities to send the first humanitarian convoy to Ukraine, Lukutsova said the RRC had been ready to help with the distribution of the first humanitarian cargo, but the Ukrainian authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross had not given their consent for that.
The first Russian humanitarian convoy reached south-eastern Ukraine at the end of last week. Negotiations were conducted on whether it should be accompanied by ICRC officials. However, the convoy eventually rolled into Ukraine without being accompanied by ICRC officials.
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