Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova has commented new areas for the disengagement of forces and hardware

14 February 2020
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At the last meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk, one of the main tasks of the working group on security issues was to intensify work on the coordination of three new areas for the further disengagement of forces and hardware. However, even for the only matching location in the area of ​​the October – Gnutovo checkpoint in the south of our Republic, understanding of the final area coordinates was not achieved.

The proposal of Ukraine does not take into account the main principle of the disengagement of forces and hardware provided by the Framework Decision - mirror and parity withdrawal from the occupied positions. We would like to note that this principle has not been observed in other proposals of the Ukrainian side in new areas.

In this regard, for the next meeting in Minsk, we intend to work out in detail the coordinates proposed by Ukrainian representatives for this and other locations in order to offer reasoned parity options that will meet the requirements of the Framework Decision.