Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER SHOULD TAKE SERIOUSLY THE PRINCIPLE OF IMPARTIALITY - NATALIA NIKONOROVA

19 January 2022
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The head of the German Foreign Ministry, Ms. Baerbock during her first visit to Ukraine spoke about the oppressive humanitarian situation in Donbass and announced her visit to the part of the Donetsk People's Republic temporarily controlled by Ukraine.

Such a statement demonstrates a one-sided approach in assessing the situation on the humanitarian track. For some reason, Annalena Baerbock does not mention that Ukraine has not fulfilled a single humanitarian obligation in the framework of the  Minsk negotiations. Namely: the Ukrainian side still has not released from criminal prosecution the persons previously transferred to Republics and there are no guarantees or even understanding that Ukraine is going to fully implement its obligations under the previously reached agreement. Also, the discussion of the Roadmap, which details the sequence of all aspects of the settlement in accordance with the Minsk agreements, including exchanges, is still blocked.

In addition, Andrey Kosiak, a representative of the LPR in the JCCC, who was kidnapped by Ukrainian armed groups in October last year, is still treacherously held.

If Mrs. Baerbock really wants to give an objective assessment of situation, then we invite her to visit the Republic - not just the territories controlled by Ukraine. We are ready to outline the whole range of problems caused by Ukraine's failure to fulfill its obligations under the Package of Measures. As a representative of the guarantor country of the Minsk agreements, the head of the German Foreign Ministry should pay more attention to the importance of observing the principle of impartiality in assessing the situation in Donbass and the negotiation process, rather than demonstrating frankly biased judgments.