Russia ready to return its servicemen to JCCC

Russia is ready to return its servicemen to the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination (JCCC) for issues related to the ceasefire and the stabilization of the contact line.

“Russia’s representative in our security group just made an official statement that Russia is ready to return its representatives of the military to the JCCC under certain conditions. This the approval of the provision on the JCCC, its status, guarantees for security, etc.” wrote Ukrainian special representative in one of the subgroups of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine Evgeniy Marchuk.

On December 18, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it was withdrawing its representatives from the JCCC. In response, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that it was withdrawing the representatives of Ukraine in the center to the controlled territory. At the same time, they said that Ukraine will continue to work in the JCCC.

The decision to create the JCCC was made at a meeting of contact group participants in Minsk on October 2, 2014. The center includes representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE, whose task is to coordinate the truce in Donbas.

Marchuk said that after the Russian Federation left the JCCC, any attempts to bring about a truce in Donbas are doomed to failure.

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