Red Cross wants office closer to Donbass and Ukraine — RT World News

The president of the organization officially requested the help of Russia to provide humanitarian aid

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, on Thursday officially requested the opening of an office in Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, calling it “a good starting point” for the organization’s humanitarian work.

“I would like to get your support to strengthen the logistics structure in Russia, in order to improve our work in Donbass and other parts of Ukraine that are under the control of Russian military forces. To this end, we have sent a request to open an office in Rostov-on-Don This would be a good starting point to start the work. Maurer said during talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

The ICRC president also said the organization would continue to work with colleagues in Donetsk and Luhansk, and noted that more efforts were needed in several key areas, such as humanitarian aid to citizens of Ukraine and Donbass. . Maurer added that it was necessary to train teams in Ukraine to send them to disputed areas.

Lavrov acknowledged the efforts of the Red Cross to help people who suffered after the 2014 coup in Kyiv, and said Russia was interested in addressing humanitarian issues, including the evacuation of civilians and the delivery of humanitarian aid, on a “a specific and meaningful base, without politicization.”

Maurer arrived in Moscow on Wednesday to continue the ICRC’s ongoing discussions on humanitarian issues with Russian authorities. Last week, he traveled to Kyiv to observe the current situation in the country and met with Ukrainian officials last Thursday to call for better humanitarian access and greater protection for civilians amid hostilities.

Moscow attacked the neighboring state in late February, after a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk.

Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

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