On March 16, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPR Natalia Nikonorova made a presentation on the activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2020 at the DPR People's Council.
Natalia Nikonorova spoke about the main achievements of the DPR Foreign Ministry in the past year. First of all, this is participation at a meeting of the UN Security Council on the topic "Implementation of the 2015 Minsk Package of Measures to settle the conflict in Ukraine: a year after the Paris Normandy format summit."
“For the first time, we had the opportunity to speak at the key diplomatic platform of the world, thanks to which we were able to break Kiev's absolute monopoly on coverage of events and tell a wide audience around the world about the real situation in Donbass and in the Minsk negotiation process”- she told.
Also, the DPR Foreign Minister noted stable progress in relations between the Donetsk People's Republic and the main foreign policy partners: the Lugansk People's Republic, the Republic of South Ossetia, and the Republic of Abkhazia. As for the development of relations between the Donetsk People's Republic and the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made every possible effort to expand integration processes with Russia.
Natalia Nikonorova drew attention to the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Donetsk People's Republic in the field of public diplomacy:
“The Ministry transferred part of its work to the media space”. Together with the Representative Centers of the Donetsk People's Republic in Italy, Greece, Finland, Belgium in 2020, more than 20 information and humanitarian actions, cultural and educational events were held, contributing to the dissemination of truthful information about the real situation in the Donetsk People's Republic.
Also, the Ministry continued to work on expanding its representation in foreign countries. Thus, negotiations were held with representatives of a number of countries of Western and Southeastern Europe, South Asia, North America on the opening of new representative centers of the Donetsk People's Republic. However, restrictions related to countering the spread of coronavirus infection temporarily suspended this process.”
She also noted that in 2020 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continued to play a central role in representing the interests of the Donetsk People's Republic in the Minsk negotiation process.
"For our part, we have done everything possible to achieve at least elementary progress on the most pressing and priority issues: first of all, to achieve a stable ceasefire regime. And, it should be noted, sometimes these attempts were relatively successful. In particular, after two years of discussions and 6 official requests to the OSCE coordinators, in July 2020 we were able to sign measures to strengthen the ceasefire.
This was a great achievement not only because of the efforts that we made to force the Ukrainian side to agree on these agreements, but also because of their effectiveness: for almost two months of their operation, there were no casualties or significant destruction. Nevertheless, already in September 2020, Kiev unilaterally withdrew from these agreements, refusing to fulfill the fundamental point - interaction within the framework of the coordination mechanism to verify violations.
A similar situation is taking place in other areas at Minsk platform: Kiev stubbornly ignores and sabotages all our numerous attempts to break the deadlock in negotiations and establish productive activities within the Contact Group" - Natalia Nikonorova emphasized.
In addition, the DPR Foreign Minister spoke about the rule-making activities of the Ministry, about the Humanitarian Program for the reunification of Donbass people and work on its transformation into a Humanitarian Program to support Russian and Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine, about the activities of the Interdepartmental Committee for the Accreditation of Humanitarian Missions, the Special Committee for recording and collecting evidence of war crimes of the Ukrainian authorities in Donbass and other areas of the DPR MFA work.
The full text of the report is available here.