Today’s sitting of the group on political issues was collapsed by Ukraine. Immediately before the meeting, we were informed that the Ukrainian representative was sick and could not attend the sitting.
Such behavior of the Ukrainian negotiators, who informed us about the absence of their representative at the last moment and did not provide a replacement, can be described only as frank sabotage of the negotiation process. We would like to note that it is not the first such case: in the course of the negotiation process, there have already been cases when Kiev’s representatives in the political group were absent for health reasons, and no replacement was provided. Thus, Kiev deliberately continues a destructive policy of work blocking in the political group, although the OSCE coordinator has repeatedly called for discussion intensification in this area.
The DPR Plenipotentiary in the Contact Group emphasized that without fulfilling the political items of the Package of Measures it is impossible to talk about the renewal of a long-term peace in Donbass. The Ukrainian party should recognize the inevitability of fulfilling its obligations under the Minsk agreements and finally start an open and productive discussion of main issues according to political agenda - a compromise procedure for enacting the law on Donbass special status and amnesty implementation.