20 Dec 2017 15:28

Source reports insurmountable differences at Minsk discussion of JCCC's work extension without Russia

MOSCOW. Dec 20 (Interfax) - The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine is deciding the fate of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC), from which Russian specialists withdrew on Tuesday, at a meeting in Minsk, a source in the group organizing negotiations told Interfax.

"The Contact Group is trying to work out conditions, which would make the extension of the center's work without the Russian side's participation possible. Negotiations are progressing with difficulties, there are too many differences. They can be described as insurmountable," the source said.

The source did not rule out that the JCCC would cease its activities altogether.

"Due to insurmountable differences and pointlessness of the unilateral operation of the center without the Russian side, the chances of the continuation of its work are nearing zero. It is most likely to be disbanded and may cease its activities before the end of this year or in the beginning of the next one," the source said.

Russian officers from the JCCC earlier crossed the border with Ukraine and returned to Russia.