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Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine stand in line as they return to Russia on the border post at Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine, return to Russia as people wait to enter Ukraine on the border post at Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine stand in line as they return to Russia in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine return to Russia as people wait to enter Ukraine at the border post at Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine, stand in line as they return to Russia in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine, return to Russia as people wait to enter Ukraine at the border post at Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine stand in line as they return to Russia on the border post at Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine stand in line as they return to Russia in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
First trucks of the Russian aid convoy stand in the Russian inspection zone inside a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Russia has been trying to send in about 200 trucks carrying what it says is humanitarian aid to help civilians in Luhansk, but Ukraine fears the move is a ploy to aid the pro-Russian separatists, and the convoy has been held up at the border for a week.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A driver carries empty water bottles as he walks past trucks forming part of an aid convoy parked in a field about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from the Ukrainian border, near Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Hundreds of trucks in a Russian aid convoy are waiting near the Ukrainian border as complicated procedures drag on for allowing them into eastern Ukraine to help civilians suffering amid fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Trucks forming part of an aid convoy destined for Ukraine travel on a road to the border control point in the Russian town of Donetsk, in the Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Fighting in Ukraine has escalated since the insurgency arose in April, with government troops steadily taking back rebel-held territory in the east. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A driver stands near trucks as the first part of Russian aid convoy is parked inside a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
About 60 trucks forming part of a Russian aid convoy are parked in a field about 7 kilometers (4 miles) from a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Thursday evening, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A driver installs a red flag on his lorry, parked with other lorries of the Russian humanitarian convoy not far from a checkpoint at the Ukrainian border some 30 km outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, on August 20, 2014. A tension between Moscow and Kiev simmering over Russia's decision to try and deliver what it claims to be a huge humanitarian aid convoy that the Ukrainian authorities fear may be used to smuggle in arms to the pro-Kremlin insurgents. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Lorries part of a Russian humanitarian convoy are parked not far from a checkpoint at the Ukrainian border some 30 km outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, on August 20, 2014. A tension between Moscow and Kiev simmering over Russia's decision to try and deliver what it claims to be a huge humanitarian aid convoy that the Ukrainian authorities fear may be used to smuggle in arms to the pro-Kremlin insurgents. AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Lorries part of a Russian humanitarian convoy are parked not far from a checkpoint at the Ukrainian border some 30 km outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, on August 19, 2014. A tension between Moscow and Kiev simmering over Russia's decision to try and deliver what it claims to be a huge humanitarian aid convoy that the Ukrainian authorities fear may be used to smuggle in arms to the pro-Kremlin insurgents. AFP PHOTO/DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Lorries part of a Russian humanitarian convoy are parked not far from a checkpoint at the Ukrainian border some 30 km outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, on August 19, 2014. A tension between Moscow and Kiev simmering over Russia's decision to try and deliver what it claims to be a huge humanitarian aid convoy that the Ukrainian authorities fear may be used to smuggle in arms to the pro-Kremlin insurgents. AFP PHOTO/DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Drivers prepare to show cargos to journalists in a field where the aid convoy is parked in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Cargo of one of aid convoy trucks is shown to journalists in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Bottles with water are placed in the back of a truck as Russian Ministry of Emergency Situation decided to show the aid convoy to journalists in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A man takes a picture of an aid convoy witch is parked in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A driver jumps out from a truck which he opened to show its cargo to journalists in a field where the aid convoy is parked in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A driver in the back of his truck shows a tin containing condensed milk to journalists in a field where the aid convoy is parked in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
An aid convoy is parked in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A driver stands near trucks as an aid convoy is parked in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
An aid convoy is parked in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
In this image taken from video a convoy of white trucks with humanitarian aid leaves Alabino, outside Moscow Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The convoy of 280 Russian trucks headed for eastern Ukraine early Tuesday, one day after agreement was reached on an international humanitarian relief mission. But the international Red Cross, which is due to coordinate the operation, said it had no information on what the trucks were carrying or where they were going. (AP Photo/ RTR via Associated Press Television) TV OUT RUSSIA OUT
In this image taken from video a Russian Orthodox Church clergyman blesses a convoy of white trucks with humanitarian aid in Alabino, outside Moscow Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The convoy of 280 Russian trucks headed for eastern Ukraine early Tuesday, one day after agreement was reached on an international humanitarian relief mission. But the international Red Cross, which is due to coordinate the operation, said it had no information on what the trucks were carrying or where they were going. (AP Photo/RTR, via Associated Press Television) TV OUT RUSSIA OUT
In this taken from video a convoy of white trucks with humanitarian aid is ready to leave Alabino, outside Moscow Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The convoy of 280 Russian trucks headed for eastern Ukraine early Tuesday, one day after agreement was reached on an international humanitarian relief mission. But the international Red Cross, which is due to coordinate the operation, said it had no information on what the trucks were carrying or where they were going. (AP Photo/RTR via Associated Press Televison) TV OUT RUSSIA OUT
In this image taken from video a convoy of white trucks with humanitarian aid on its way to Voronezh, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The convoy of 280 Russian trucks headed for eastern Ukraine early Tuesday, one day after agreement was reached on an international humanitarian relief mission. But the international Red Cross, which is due to coordinate the operation, said it had no information on what the trucks were carrying or where they were going. (AP Photo/ RTR via Associated Press Television) TV OUT RUSSIA OUT
People cross the border at a checkpoint of Pletnyovka, Kharkiv region on Ukraine-Russia border, where Russian humanitarian convoy is to cross the border on August 13, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister insisted Wednesday that Kiev would not let any Russian convoy onto its territory, saying any 'provocation by the cynical aggressor' would be blocked. 'No 'humanitarian convoy' of Putin's will be allowed to cross the territory of the Kharkiv region,' Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, adding that 'provocation by the cynical aggressor will not be permitted on our territory.' AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
People cross the border at a checkpoint of Pletnyovka, Kharkiv region on Ukraine-Russia border, where Russian humanitarian convoy is to cross the border on August 13, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister insisted Wednesday that Kiev would not let any Russian convoy onto its territory, saying any 'provocation by the cynical aggressor' would be blocked. 'No 'humanitarian convoy' of Putin's will be allowed to cross the territory of the Kharkiv region,' Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, adding that 'provocation by the cynical aggressor will not be permitted on our territory.' AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
An Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a checkpoint of Pletnyovka, Kharkiv region on Ukraine-Russia border, where Russian humanitarian convoy is to cross the border on August 13, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister insisted Wednesday that Kiev would not let any Russian convoy onto its territory, saying any 'provocation by the cynical aggressor' would be blocked. 'No 'humanitarian convoy' of Putin's will be allowed to cross the territory of the Kharkiv region,' Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, adding that 'provocation by the cynical aggressor will not be permitted on our territory.' AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
An Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a checkpoint of Pletnyovka, Kharkiv region on Ukraine-Russia border, where Russian humanitarian convoy is to cross the border on August 13, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister insisted Wednesday that Kiev would not let any Russian convoy onto its territory, saying any 'provocation by the cynical aggressor' would be blocked. 'No 'humanitarian convoy' of Putin's will be allowed to cross the territory of the Kharkiv region,' Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, adding that 'provocation by the cynical aggressor will not be permitted on our territory.' AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
An Ukrainian border guard stands guard at the checkpoint of Pletnyovka, Kharkiv region on the Ukraine-Russia border, where a Russian humanitarian convoy must to cross on August 13, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister insisted Wednesday that Kiev would not let any Russian convoy onto its territory, saying any 'provocation by the cynical aggressor' would be blocked. 'No 'humanitarian convoy' of Putin's will be allowed to cross the territory of the Kharkiv region,' Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, adding that 'provocation by the cynical aggressor will not be permitted on our territory.' AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
An Ukrainian border guard checks a passing car at a checkpoint of Pletnyovka, Kharkiv region on Ukraine-Russia border, where Russian humanitarian convoy is to cross the border on August 13, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister insisted Wednesday that Kiev would not let any Russian convoy onto its territory, saying any 'provocation by the cynical aggressor' would be blocked. 'No 'humanitarian convoy' of Putin's will be allowed to cross the territory of the Kharkiv region,' Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, adding that 'provocation by the cynical aggressor will not be permitted on our territory.' AFP PHOTO/ ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A driver washes the windshield of his truck as an aid convoy is parked in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
An aid convoy is parked about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ukrainian government threatened to use all means available to block the convoy if the Red Cross was not allowed to inspect the cargo. Such an inspection would ease concerns that Russia could use the aid shipment as cover for a military incursion in support of the separatists, who have come under growing pressure from government troops. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
An elderly man and woman look at trucks, marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine, as they return to Russia on the border post at Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine stand in line as they return to Russia on the border post at Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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MOSCOW (AP) -- 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.

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