On February 1, 2017 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.
"Unfortunately, to start discussing the mechanism of entry into force of the Law on the special status of our territories (Steinmeier’s formula) today has failed again. The main argument of Kiev is still "the Normandy Format"- representatives of Ukraine actually refuse to work and participate in the Minsk negotiations until the results of the roadmap. The Ukrainian party shows its reluctance to talk to the people of Donbass as to the party of the conflict, after more than two years so-called "ATO". Especially cynical it looks like today - when the civilians are being killed and our cities destroyed because of the relentless attacks. The only possible way to stop the conflict escalation - it's to start the implementation of the Minsk agreements as soon as possible. Because only the implementation of political package of the Package of Measures by Kiev can restore peace in Donbass. To make a work of political group effective can only the accurate reading and unconditional implementation of the Minsk agreements by Ukraine "- Natalya Nikonorova announced about the results of the sitting of the group on political issues.