On March 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.
"Today, at the initiative of Ukrainian party in the group on political issues, much time of the sitting was devoted to discussion of the Decree of the Russian Federation President on recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics’ documents, instead of the work on today’s agenda. Ukrainian negotiators, closing their eyes to a total blockade by the Ukrainian armed radicals and to gross violations of the citizens’ rights, believe that the recognition of documents endangers the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
In addition, our opponents once again use their favorite tactic of delaying the negotiation process. The representatives of Ukraine do not object to the agenda of political group (where the first question is a discussion of Steinmeier’s formula) at the sittings of the Contact Group, but in the group they avoid the work on agenda in every way. Because of the lack of regulation, sight of documents and recording the results of groups’ sittings on political issues, each time all theses are discussed again.
Republican position is constant from the very beginning: we have always been set for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict and we are open to dialogue. We believe that progress in the negotiation and implementation of the political package of Package of Measures can and should begin with the coordination and fixing the position of the parties to the main discussion subject - the mechanism of entry into force of the Law on the special status of our territories" - Natalya Nikonorova announced about the results of the sitting of the group on political issues.