Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (February 14)

14 February 2018

On February 14, 2018 a sitting of the political group on the resolving of the conflict in Donbass took place in Minsk. The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPR Natalia Nikonorova took part in negotiations.

"By the third anniversary of the signing of Package of Measures, it is still not possible to talk about progress in the political group, while the Ukrainian party continues to impede the negotiation process by its imitation and unilateral actions, while declaring that Kiev has fulfilled all its political obligations. it is already year we can not  even begin to discuss the first and main issue on the agenda - the mechanism for the enactment of the law on the special status of Donbas. At this time, representatives of Ukraine bring for discussing pathetic issues that do not concern the work of political group, but pursue the task of delaying the negotiating process as much as possible. The same averse example wasrecently adopted by Verkhovna Rada bill “on securing sovereignty”. This project completely contradicts the fundamentals of the political settlement, registered in the Minsk package and confirmed by the UN Security Council, thus making efforts for a peaceful settlement unproductive.

To our remarks about it and about the impossibility of implementing the Package of Measures upon the enactment of this law, Ukrainian representatives appeal to the fact that Ukraine is a sovereign state and itself decides how, when and what international obligations it is necessary to fulfill while adopting certain legal acts. In this situation, we still hope that the guarantors of Minsk agreements are aware of the destructive consequences of the Ukrainian authorities. The law on “reintegration” not only contradicts the letter and spirit of the Package of Measuress, but also legally prescribes a misunderstanding of the Minsk process essence and ways to restore peace in Donbass.

Such irresponsible attitude of the Ukrainian negotiators again and again demonstrates the inability of the Ukrainian party to work constructively on political issues and take measures to achieve the confidence of the Donbass population, without which it is impossible to fully implement other directions for the conflict settlement. Only with the establishment of a conscientious and effective dialogue there is an opportunity to start the progress on the political track and work productively on economics, security and humanitarian issues.” - Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.