Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova on the work of the group on political issues

06 March 2017

J. - This week a regular sitting of the group on political issues took place. Could You tell us what issues were discussed and do You have any results?

N.N. - The main issue on the agenda remains "Steinmeier’s formula", as the only possible mechanism for the entry into force of the law on the special status of our territories. It is the main issue, because the law on a special status is the basis for settling our conflict. Therefore, without solving the questions "When?", "At what time?", "In what terms?", "Under what conditions does this law come into force?" - is not advisable to move further on the political agenda. On the part of the representatives of Ukraine there were attempts to redirect the discussion into a different area, there was a proposal to discuss the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the recognition of the documents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. Of course, this Decree has caused a protest from the representatives of Ukraine, but nevertheless, it does not concern the implementation of Minsk agreements. Moreover, in the text of Decree there is a reference to Minsk agreements, that this document does not contradict and will last until a full settlement in accordance with Minsk agreements, but nonetheless, the representatives of Ukraine attempted to show this situation in such way, that Decree violates the norms of the international rights, Minsk agreements, therefore, it must be canceled. This is not a topic for work in the group on political issues and, in general, not the topic for work in Minsk, it does not concern the settlement of the conflict, so we insisted on starting the discussion of the agenda, starting with the first question - "Steinmeier’s formula". But we were faced unwillingness to discuss this issue. In principle, we can say that any topic for the representatives of Ukraine was suitable for discussion: Decree of the President of the Russian Federation, the work of  "Normandy format" or something else, but not the work on the agenda. Therefore, unfortunately, we again discussed the impossibility of discussing the "Steinmeier’s formula" in the group on political issues on the part of the representatives of Ukraine. They insist that work is impossible on this issue until the results of the "Normandy format".