Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (April 18)

18 April 2018
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On April 18, 2018 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.

“At today’s sitting of the group on political issues Ukraine’s negotiators have demonstrated frank contempt for the rules of the negotiations, as well as disrespect for the OSCE as an intercessor of this process. Kiev’s representatives stated that they did not remember about granting their consent to the approval of the political group agenda, despite the fact that the agenda was approved publicly at the contact group sitting by reaching a universal consensus, that is documented by the OSCE secretariat.

And only work on the main points of the approved agenda - primarily on the implementation of Steinmeier's formula and amnesty - may lead to progress in the Realization of the Package of Measures.  The agreement of the compromise procedure for the entry into force of the law on the Donbass special status is an important step in confirmation of its obligations, which is, in general, the starting point for the establishment of political settlement. However, even such a step the representatives of Ukraine can not implement, although according to their words they fulfill the obligations on the negotiating mandate in full. So, we can conclude that, apparently, today's mandate of the Ukrainian negotiators forbids starting a political settlement if it does not involve the implementation of even the very first step.

Obviously, the establishment of a stable and lasting peace in Donbass is impossible without the political will of the Ukrainian party. In the meantime, instead of Ukraine's official negotiating positions, we see provocative political slogans voiced by Kiev's representatives in Minsk. If the Ukrainian authorities really want to reaffirm their commitment to the peaceful settlement of the conflict, it is necessary to stop wasting time and immediately begin to establish a dialogue in the political group on the main issues on the agenda” - Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.