Russia's return to the Joint Control and Coordination Centre, which is discussed by Ukraine is a positive moment. Viktor Medvedchuk, the Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party said this in his interview for Rossiya 24 TV channel.
"It's a positive moment, naturally, because the JCCC has been working without any representatives for a while. And I believe that for them to live up to the mission granted by the OSCE SMM and other authorities, including the OSCE management, the JCCC should be acting in full line-up and to the full extent, acting within their direct functions, controlling situation that is currently observed on the engagement line and the adjacent areas", he said.
Previously, Ukraine offered to return Russian representatives to the JCCC during the Minsk tripartite talks session on September 4.
In late 2017, Russia decided to withdraw its representatives from the Joint Control and Coordination Centre. The decision was made due to the new order of Russian citizens crossing the Ukrainian border; this, in particular, includes the preliminary e-message stating the intentions to visit this country.
The JCCC is a group for control of the observation of the Minsk peace process. It includes representatives of Ukraine, Russia and Russian armed occupants in Donbas. The Centre started working in Soledar, Donetsk region in September 2014.