Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Results of the sitting of the group on political issues (October 2)

03 October 2018
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The most urgent issue at the moment in political group is the extension of the law on the special status of Donbass and its subsequent entry into force on an ongoing basis according to the Steinmeyer’s mechanism.
At the same time, the Ukrainian party does not demonstrate an understanding of the importance of resolving this issue as soon as possible. Kiev is really interested in doing everything possible to delay the peace process as much as possible.
It could also be adversely affected by the change of negotiators - today at the conference the Contact Group officially confirmed information about the resignation of Leonid Kuchma. As an experienced manager and diplomat, Kuchma brought a sober note of adequacy to the negotiation process from the Ukrainian party. We respect his decision, but the time chosen when the most urgent issue is to extend the special status of Donbass and fulfill Ukraine’s obligations on amnesty and decentralization are on the agenda. None of these items are met by Kiev, there is a lack of political will by Ukrainian authorities.
Under these conditions, the DPR Plenipotentiary on the Contact Group especially emphasized the need to unblock the work of the group on political issues as soon as possible and to begin constructive work.