Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova commented “12 steps to achieve peace in Donbass” presented at the Munich Conference

18 February 2020
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Those proposals that were voiced at the Munich Conference in the context of supposedly facilitating the conflict settlement in Donbass, in essence, have no practical benefit. They are all rather vague, have no specific wording and were made absolutely without taking into account the views of Republic’s representatives - these proposals are in some ways an attempt to evade the Minsk agreements in favor of some new plans for the resumption of peace.

However, we think that this initiative has not any construct and also harm the peace process that has been going on for more than 5 years within the framework of the Minsk diplomatic platform. We don’t understand the logic of the “Munich experts” who, believe that Kiev will implement new peace agreements, although the Ukrainian side openly sabotages the existing ones – Minsk agreements.

Moreover, the “12 steps” presented in Munich are concentrated mainly around resolving security issues, they only mention in passing the least important issues of resuming the socio-economic and humanitarian spheres, as well as restoring human rights. In addition, the political component of the settlement was almost completely ignored, although it was precisely for political reasons that a conflict arose in Donbass, accordingly, this topic should be in the main focus, and not somewhere on the periphery of attention.

That is why the Republic’s position is logical and unchanged - we are committed to the Package of Measures approved by the guarantor countries and the UN Security Council, in which the most acute and joint issues are balanced. If European diplomats want to effectively help restore peace in Donbass, let them exert all possible pressure on the Ukrainian leadership to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements. Coming up with any new plans seems pointless, because the main problem in the negotiations is not the lack of a clear settlement mechanism, but Kiev’s reluctance to implement this mechanism in coordination with us.