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Russia says its humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine expected to enter country after agreement

  • Friends and relatives say goodbye to volunteers before they were sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of special battalion "Azov" fighting against pro-Russian separatists, in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Ukraine's national security council said government forces captured a district police station in Luhansk after bitter clashes, but the government also reported Sunday that separatists have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane in Luhansk region after army troops entered deep inside a rebel-controlled city in the east. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Friends and relatives say goodbye to volunteers before they were sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of special battalion "Azov" fighting against pro-Russian separatists, in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Ukraine's national security council said government forces captured a district police station in Luhansk after bitter clashes, but the government also reported Sunday that separatists have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane in Luhansk region after army troops entered deep inside a rebel-controlled city in the east. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Foreign Ministers of France Laurent Fabius, Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russia Sergey Lavrov, from left, go for a walk before a meeting at the Guesthouse of Foreign Ministry Villa Borsig in Berlin, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)

    Foreign Ministers of France Laurent Fabius, Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russia Sergey Lavrov, from left, go for a walk before a meeting at the Guesthouse of Foreign Ministry Villa Borsig in Berlin, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)  (The Associated Press)

Russia's foreign minister says he expects the extensive humanitarian aid mission for eastern Ukraine to enter the country in the near future.

Speaking at news conference in Berlin, where he met a day earlier with his counterparts from Ukraine, France and Germany, Sergey Lavrov said Monday that "all questions" regarding the mission had been removed and that agreement had been reached with Ukraine and the international Red Cross.

It was not clear if Lavrov was referring to security guarantees, which the Red Cross wants to receive from all sides, including eastern Ukraine's separatist fighters, before accompanying the more than 200 trucks into Ukraine.

A Red Cross spokeswoman in the region where the trucks are parked told The Associated Press earlier Monday that they were still waiting for the security guarantees.