Russian side demands a mandate with guarantees and rights for its servicemen in order to return to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination, as State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Defence of Russia Grigory Karasin told TASS.
“We stand for ensuring normal, guaranteed terms for work and stay of our military in the JCCC. Such conditions haven’t been created, despite the four notices that the Russian side has sent through diplomatic channels,” Karasin said.
“The joint centre should have a mandate and an approved procedure for filing documents and a course of action. In one word, a document that would define and guarantee the predictability of Russian military’s participation in this centre,” he added.
“We think it’s essential that Donetsk and Luhansk are represented in the centre. It’s an important condition. I think we have the right to demand that normal and civilized conditions are created for our representatives stay,” the Russian MFA said.
As we reported Russia decided to withdraw its representatives from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination in Donbas (JCCC) on December 19.
This decision was made in connection with the new order of entry to Ukraine and the introduction of a duty to inform of the intention to visit the country in advance in electronic form for Russian citizens scheduled for January 1, 2018.
The Joint Center for Control and Coordination is a group to monitor compliance with the Minsk Protocol, which includes representatives of the Ukrainian and Russian sides, as well as the fighters of the “LNR” and “DNR” militants. The Center started its work on September 26, 2014, in Soledar, Donetsk region.