Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (July 19)

19 July 2017

On July 19, 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.

"To date, unfortunately, we have to recognize the absence of dynamics in the political group negotiations, which is a direct consequence of the Ukrainian party’s derogation from the faithful implementation of the Minsk agreements. The basis of peaceful settlement – a special status for the Donbass territories in paragraphs 4, 9, 11 and 12 is entrenched by the Package of Measures. However, for almost three years Kiev has been cynically ignored its obligations, which were approved by Ukrainian government for implementation without any additional preconditions.

Participation of Ukraine’s representatives in the working and contact groups in Minsk is reduced to the fact that every time we are trying to discuss the issue, we hear their statements that the Normandy format is working on it. Although it was the Normandy format that proposed and approved the formula for the entry into force of this law, which we are still ready to accept in the form of a compromise. In this way, Kiev is trying to avoid a direct dialogue with the Republican representatives, despite the fact that the Minsk agreements stipulate the need to coordinate all issues related to the peace settlement in Donbass with us.

It follows that our opponents have so far failed to comply with any item of the Package of Measures, and an early resolution of the situation in Donbass is entirely in the area of Kiev's political decisions implementation, the consent of which was approved by the Ukrainian government in Minsk on February 12, 2015.

In this regard, we again appeal to the Minsk agreements guarantor countries, which had consolidated their readiness to contribute to the peaceful settlement of the Donbass conflict by their signatures under the Declaration in Support of the Package of Measures, which is also endorsed by the UN Security Council resolution. In the situation of complete inactivity of Ukraine’s representatives in Minsk, it is necessary to exert pressure on Kiev in order to confirm the mechanism for the entry into force of the Law on the special status of Donbass and the full and unconditional implementation of the Minsk agreements after a substantive and consistent coordination of all details and modalities with the Republican representatives"- Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.