Information that Russia would abandon the support of CDDLO in the East of Ukraine in favor of the Crimea and Kaliningrad has appeared recently. We are talking about the so-called "humanitarian convoys".
However, Dmitry Peskov, the representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, stated in a commentary to RIA Novosti that Russia is not going to abandon the practice of "humanitarian convoys".
"There is some redistribution, but, at the same time, this does not mean that there will be a reduction of some directions in favor of others", - Peskov stated.
According to information of the analytics department of Prava Sprava civic initiative, it is about changing the logistics of humanitarian convoys' passage. Humanitarian convoys are going to enter from the territory of Belarus. Russia tries to change the tactics of their passage.
During Lukashenko's recent visit to Kyiv, an agreement was signed between Ukraine and Belarus on the fact that humanitarian convoys from Belarus will pass without the participation of a third party, that is, the Red Cross.
"We have agreed to transfer aid without intermediaries. Ukrainian leadership will provide everything necessary for us to cross the border freely. All corridors for delivery to those people who need this assistance will be opened", - the Minister of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus Vaschenko reported.
Let me remind you that earlier, Minsk transferred humanitarian aid to the Donbass through the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross, representatives of which provided the delivery of cargo to the destination.
It is worth noting that, according to experts, up to 30% of consumer goods in the occupied areas of the Luhansk and the Donetsk oblasts are Belarusian.
The official statistics shows interesting figures: the export of the Republic of Belarus to the Rostov region of Russia (which borders with the Donbass) grew by 20.5% in 2016, reaching $201 million (the total trade turnover between the Republic of Belarus and Russia decreased last year). And in May 2017, Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusy promised to bring the trade turnover with the Rostov region to $500 million.
For its part, Russia shows that it is ready for the introduction of peacekeepers and seems to stop financing and supporting the so-called "republics".
This is a pragmatic move of the Russian special services, which think several moves ahead. First, an agreement between Ukraine and Belarus is signed on the passage of the humanitarian convoys. Then, the statements of some Ukrainian politicians appear about the termination the "D/LNR" financing from the Russian state budget. And now there is a series of fibs about the termination of humanitarian aid from Russia. Moscow thus tries to constantly demonstrate its alleged readiness for compromise, its contractual capacity. At the same time, representatives of the Ukrainian authorities are constantly accused of "non-fulfillment" of their obligations under the Minsk agreements.
Dmytro Snehiriov, specially for OstroV