Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Comment by Natalia Nikonorova regarding the statements of the Ukraine’s representative in the political group at talks in Minsk

12 December 2019
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Taking into account a number of statements that we have recently heard from Ukrainian officials, a competition for the most ridiculous and absurd statement about the Minsk agreements has been tacitly announced in Kiev. Otherwise, it is difficult to explain why two days after the meeting of the Normandy Four countries, during which the President of Ukraine personally confirmed the binding and lack of alternative agreements reached in Minsk, the Ukrainian authorities declare their intention to amend these agreements. In addition, these statements are frank initiative, since the Contact Group cannot and will not work to change the Package of Measures. On the contrary, all work in Minsk is based on strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the Minsk agreements, on their inviolability and indisputability, and is aimed exclusively at their clear implementation.

We strongly advise Kiev’s representatives to study the current state of affairs and at least once visit the website of their president’s office. Even on this resource, the official text of the communiqué following the meeting in Paris was published. Firstly, the Ukrainian leader reaffirmed the state’s obligations under the Minsk agreements in the form in which they were signed by the parties to the conflict and approved by the guarantor countries and the UN Security Council. Secondly, clear and specific instructions for the further implementation of the Package of Measures are prescribed there.

We urge the Ukrainian representatives to carefully examine the political part of these instructions, confirming the commitment of the Ukrainian leadership to agree within the Contact Group all legal aspects of the special status of Donbass. This is what will be discussed at the next meeting in Minsk, therefore, instead of the next informational dumping into Ukraine’s media space, we advise the Ukrainian side to focus on preparing constructive proposals on the implementation of the political items of the Package of Measures.