Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (August 02)

02 August 2017

On August 02, 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.

“Despite the telephone conversations results of the “Normandy format” heads, during which commitment to “Steinmeier’s formula” was once again confirmed. At today's setting, Ukraine’s representatives ignored the necessity of discussing the main item according to its agenda - the mechanism for the entry into force of the law on the special status of Donbass. Kiev continues to violate the Package of Measures by its inaction; this law, which was supposed to enter into force in 2015, remains blocked. Ukraine is still the only party opposing the only possible alternative order for the entry into force of the law on the special status that was repeatedly endorsed by all the guarantor countries of Minsk agreements.

In addition, it should be noted that the Law “On the special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions” expires this year, the loss of its legal force will be a deviation from the agreements reached following two summits of “Normandy format”, as well as a direct violation of Minsk agreements in general. In this situation, the first step towards preventing a future crisis that threatens with serious negative consequences is the coordination in Minsk of formula for the entry into force of the law, which does not cause the parties significant disagreements and is the most developed issue on the current agenda.

The unwillingness to take necessary steps and contempt for the possibility of using compromise solutions to overcome the crisis is evidence of the dishonest attitude of Ukraine's representatives to their commitments and indifference to the political settlement of the situation in Donbass”- Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.