On January 16, 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.
"Formally agreeing with the existence of “Steinmeier's formula”, our opponents do not know their attitude to it and, therefore, do not have an opportunity to discuss specific issues of its implementation. That in itself explains impossibility of consideration the fundamental principle in the implementation of the political package - “Steinmeier's formula”.
At the sitting the representatives of Ukraine, without official position, again have used their favorite means for the substitution of concepts and own original interpretation of the signed documents by changing their logic, meaning and implementation period. Also, without admitting our conflict as international, Ukrainian negotiators have claimed that they are not intent on considering the issues with the representatives of Republic, because we are not a party to the conflict. Thus, Ukraine has tacitly confirmed that it is ready to conduct dialog with anyone other than representatives of the citizens, whose voice has been ignored by Kiev and exactly because of it the conflict has arisen.
Despite our hopes for progress in the negotiations, we have to admit that Ukraine continues to avoid any meaningful discussion, ignoring its obligations and the need to implement the items of the Package of Measures, that have been signed almost two years ago"- Natalya Nikonorova announced about the results of the sitting of the group on political issues.