Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (December 7)

07 December 2016

On December 7, 2016 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 Natalya Nikonorova took part in negotiations. 

"The situation in the negotiation process on implementation of the policy items of the Complex of measures remains critical. Today “Steinmeier's formula” has not been discussed - Ukrainian party once again has ignored the tasks of the Contact Group and the Foreign Ministers of “Normandy format". Instead of the constructive dialogue the whole sitting was devoted to the discussing of Ukraine's proposals to restrict the work of political group before Kiev receives some "political framework" from outside. In the course of a sitting the Ukrainian negotiators have radically changed their position several times: from the oral accepting “Steinmeier's formula” to denial of its existence. 

From our side the important condition is still the exact implementation of Complex of measures and coordination with us, as the representatives of the DPR and LPR, all items and documents. But Kiev has declined to discuss the issues, stating that the work is being done in other formats, and we are not a party of the conflict. Thus, the Ukrainian party is trying to reinterpret history once again, to retrain the conflict and to re-write peace agreements, not performing their obligations. Also representatives of Ukraine believe that it is more effective to discuss the organizational issues of the current and the next meeting at each sitting than to agree to binding rules of work. In our view, this position is a strategy of delaying the negotiation and is unacceptable for us. Therefore we will again insist on discussing this issue in the Contact Group"- Natalya Nikonorova announced about the results of the sitting of the group on political issues.