Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of the group on political issues (May 27)

27 May 2020
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At today's meeting of the political group, the Ukrainian party again sabotaged the discussion of agenda issues.
“Despite the change of negotiators from Ukraine in the political group, we continue to hear all the same hackneyed attempts to distort the essence of the Package of Measures and, in particular, the mechanism for political settlement.
Most actively, the Ukrainian party is trying to advance an idea that the allegedly basis of political part of the Minsk agreements is the holding of local elections. It fundamentally contradicts not only the very essence of the Package of Measures, but also the causes of the conflict. The main goal of the political part of the Minsk agreements is to legislatively, on an ongoing basis, consolidate the Donbass special status, all legal aspects, which should be agreed with Republics’ representatives” -Natalia Nikonorova said.
We would like to recall that before starting to talk about the elections, Kiev needs to submit for approval by the Contact Group a number of draft normative legal acts, including the law on Donbass special status with the text of Steinmeier’s formula implemented in it and other necessary amendments, as well as the draft amendments to the Constitution.
So far, the Ukrainian side has not submitted a single draft regulatory act or even a general list of these acts for approval by the Contact Group.
“In order to intensify the work on the implementation of the Package of Measures political block, the Republic again sent to the representatives of Ukraine our vision of the act amending the law on Donbass special status. Nevertheless, Kiev has not yet found the time to read this document and comment it, stating that there is no need to coordinate the entire law, but only the implementation of Steinmeier’s formula.
Representatives of Ukraine promised to voice their position only after the Republic called on them to re-read the communiqué following the meeting of the heads of the Normandy Four countries, which clearly states the need to coordinate with the Republic’s representatives all legal aspects of Donbass special status. However, we insist on the provision of written positions of Kiev.
It’s time to move from an exchange of views to the substantive implementation of both the political part of the Package of Measures and the practical implementation of those instructions that were given in the Normandy format” - the DPR Plenipotentiary stated.