On December 15, the first meeting of representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and a representative of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe took place in Minsk.
The event was attended by the DPR Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova, the LPR Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladislav Deinego, diplomatic adviser of the LPR Head Rodion Miroshnik. PACE was represented at the meeting by the head of the Committee for Economic Cooperation, Development and Health of the Alternative for Germany faction of the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany Ulrich Oehme. Chairman of the Union of Writers of Interethnic Consent of the Federal Republic of Germany Vladimir Sergienko acted as a mediator of direct dialogue.
During the briefing following the meeting, its participants briefly presented the main agenda topics. In particular, Mr. Oehme noted that at the moment there is interest in PACE to fully study the situation in Donbass on the basis of reliable information in order to prepare correct and relevant proposals for resolving the conflict. That is why a meeting was initiated and held with representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.
Natalia Nikonorova thanked the representatives of PACE, the Belarusian authorities and mediators for the opportunity to hold such a meeting, during which it was possible to discuss a number of important issues. In particular, issues were raised such as protecting and ensuring human rights in Donbass, the situation in Minsk process, as well as the results of the recent meeting of the “Normandy Four” leaders. In addition, the DPR Foreign Minister welcomed the interest of European representatives in obtaining objective information about the current situation in Donbass:
“During the meeting, we discussed further possible steps for cooperation to objectively inform all structures that have an impact on the course of peace negotiations.”
Nikonorova drew special attention to the importance of holding meetings with official representatives of European authorities and international organizations in the light of the need to disseminate truthful information about Donbass.
At the end of the briefing, Mr. Oehme expressed his readiness to raise the topics discussed at today's meeting at the next PACE session in January 2020.