U.S. calls on Russia to return to JCCC

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia’s withdrawal from this mechanism signals its unwillingness to fulfil​ commitments, the U.S. Mission to the OSCE believes
09:20, 19 January 2018

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The U.S. Mission to the OSCE has yet again called on Russia to return its representatives to the Joint Centre on Control and Coordination (JCCC) in Donbas, according to the mission’s statement.

“the United States calls upon the Russian Federation to reverse its unilateral action and return its representatives to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC),” Harry Kamian told the Permanent Council in Vienna.

“Russian withdrawal from this mechanism, in our view, is a symptom of a broader unwillingness to implement its commitments, including establishing a ceasefire, under the Minsk agreements,” he emphasized.

Moreover, the U.S. has again called on Russia to command the forces to abide by the established cease-fire.

Related: OSCE recorded over 400,000 ceasefire violations in 2017

“The United States reiterates its call on the Russian Federation as the instigator of this conflict to command the forces that it arms, trains, leads, and fights alongside to implement a full ceasefire, withdraw its weapons from the line of contact as proscribed by the Minsk agreements, and disengage its forces.”

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.

Related: Militants did not let OSCE patrol to Donetsk Filtration Station

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