The United States is calling on Russia to immediately withdraw its humanitarian convoy from Ukraine amid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow.
The Pentagon on Friday called Russia’s sending of a convoy into Ukraine a violation of the country’s sovereignty.
"This is a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russia," Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told a briefing.
"Russia must remove its vehicles and its personnel from the territory of Ukraine immediately. Failure to do so will result in additional costs and isolation."
Kiev's European allies also blamed Moscow for the “clear violation” of Ukraine’s border after a Russian aid convoy crossed into the Ukrainian territory.
“We deplore Russia’s decision to enter the humanitarian consignment into Ukrainian territory, without the ICRC’s [International Committee of the Red Cross] escort or the consent of the Ukrainian authorities,” Sebastien Brabant, spokesman for EU foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, said on Friday.
Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin denied all such allegations, saying the aid includes electric generators, sugar, tea and baby food.
“The US does not have the monopoly on humanism,” he said, adding, “If you are trying to question our humanism, I would resent that.”
“It was time to move and so we did,” Churkin said.
Chukin made the remarks after an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council held to discuss the entry of Russian aid trucks into Ukraine without Kiev’s approval.
The Russian ambassador criticized some UN Security Council member states for their “staggering efforts to distort facts.”
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