On February 15, 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, on the agenda of the sitting of political group was “Steinmeier’s formula” as a mechanism of entry into force of the Law on the special status. But Kiev refused to work and participate in negotiations on this topic, citing the need for coordination in Normandy format firstly, although on earlier summit meetings it was agreed to add all the needed changes to the Ukrainian legislation and the need for speedy implementation of “Steinmeier's formula” was twice confirmed in Normandy format by all the leaders participating in this format, and by Mr. Poroshenko. At the same time, our opponents said that if the representatives in Minsk will not agree with the editorial of formula of the guarantor countries leaders, it will be submitted for revision of groups in Minsk, and then their results of work is to be again returned to Normandy format. This position of Ukraine creates a "vicious circle" and discussion in all formats can last for years.
Thus, the Ukrainian party continues in every way to delay the negotiation process, trying to replace the main negotiation ground - Minsk format, with the Normandy format, excluding the Republics from the negotiation process. Kiev continues to ignore completely the fact that the failure of the discussions and blocking of the groups’ work directly contradict Package of Measures, while continuing to formally declare their commitment to the Minsk agreements, "- Natalya Nikonorova announced about the results of the sitting of the group on political issues.