Ukraine - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing - (21.12.17)

Q - Following Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination in Donbas, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was in favor of allowing representatives of France and Germany to participate in it. What do think about this idea? How might this change the situation in the Donbas region? Mr. Poroshenko also said that there was a very high risk that the situation in the Donbas region could deteriorate. He has decided to expand the security forces there. What is your assessment of these proposals?

A - France regrets the withdrawal of the Russian representatives from the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination in Donbas and yesterday urged Russia to reverse this decision. It would be premature to consider changing this joint mechanism, the purpose of which is to help coordinate the efforts of Russian and Ukrainian military personnel to consolidate the ceasefire and support the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

France and Germany are determined to continue their efforts within the Normandy framework to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

As such, we welcome the decision of the Trilateral Contact Group to renew the ceasefire over Christmas and call on all parties to strictly comply with this decision.

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