Poland urges Russia to return its representatives to the Joint center for control and coordination of questions of ceasefire and stabilization of the demarcation line in the Donbas (SCCC). This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Poland published on December 23.
The Polish foreign Ministry is concerned about the escalation of the armed conflict in Ukraine, which is confirmed by the OSCE’s assessment. It is noted that a factor contributing to tension is the withdrawal by Russia of its representatives from SCCC.
«Poland, which has the second largest quota among the EU countries in the special OSCE monitoring mission, said this step is another attempt to degrade the security of the observers and further limit their ability to perform tasks in the field. We hope that the Russian side will take a decision immediately to return to JCCC,» – said in the message.
Poland also hopes for a full ceasefire in Donbass, agreed upon by the trilateral contact group at the meeting on 20 December in Minsk.
In September 2014, in the Donbass was created by the Joint center for control and coordination. In it consisted of Ukrainian and Russian military. They were engaged in monitoring and coordinating the ceasefire and the organization of the buffer zone. Base JCCC is located in Soledar in Donetsk region.
18 December 2017 the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that Russia is withdrawing their officers from SCCC. The Ministry said that the new procedure of entry to Ukraine of Russian citizens, which comes into force from 1 January 2018, and according to which they will have to communicate in advance about the trip is «unacceptable» for the Russian officers, members of the Joint center.
In the Ukrainian foreign Ministry described Russia’s decision as another provocation and the desire to absolve themselves of any responsibility for the consequences of the armed aggression against Ukraine.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, December 20, proposed to strengthen JCCC representatives of Germany and France.
The speaker of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, said on 22 December that the Russian officers can return to the JCCC, the conditions of their return «to be agreed».
The Polish foreign Ministry: Hope that the Russian side decide to immediately return to SCCC 23.12.2017