Moscow - Ukraine has given its “agreement in principle” to sending a second humanitarian convoy into conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

“The day before yesterday we received a note in response from the Ukrainian foreign ministry expressing agreement in principle with the proposal to send Russian humanitarian aid to the east,” Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow.

He said representatives of Ukrainian authorities, the rebels, Russia and the OSCE should agree on the details of sending in the convoy “in the next few days”.

Russia intends to “agree all the procedures with the Ukrainian side, with the involvement of the International Red Cross,” he added

Russia sent a first convoy of more than 200 trucks, containing according to Moscow 1,800 tonnes of food aid, into Ukraine a week ago without agreeing it with Kiev and without Red Cross monitors.

Kiev condemned the move as a “direct invasion”.

Sapa-AFP