Lithuanian foreign minister in Ukraine: Russian convoy is "a provocation"
Friday, August 22, 2014
The entry of a Russian convoy into the territory of Ukraine is a provocation and a gross violation of international law, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius said after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on Friday.
On the night between 11 and 12 August, a convoy of 280 Kamaz trucks set out from Moscow to East Ukraine, loaded, according to the Moscow Oblast authorities, with humanitarian aid for civilian residents in the war zone. Even though the Russians immediately marked the convoy with the International Red Cross flags, the organization itself had no knowledge of it. It was not until 16 August that the Red Cross received the manifest of the shipment.
An incident in which a smoke grenade was thrown at the Lithuanian embassy in Kiev could have been a provocation instigated by Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in Vilnius on Monday.
The Belarusian airspace was last week violated by a light airplane P46T piloted by a Danish citizen that had taken off from the Vilnius airport, chiefs of the Lithuanian state company Oro Navigacija (Air Navigation) and the Civil Aviation Administration.