On October 18, 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.
"As a result of today's sitting of the political group, unfortunately, it is impossible to talk about positive results. Under the pretext of formal prolongation of a special status in the Law "On Creating the Necessary Conditions for a Peaceful Settlement of Situation in Certain Areas of Donetsk and Lugansk Regions", the Ukrainian party again refuses to discuss the main issue on the agenda - the full come into force of the law on Donbass status. Kiev’s representatives are trying to convince the negotiators that with the adoption of this law they have fulfilled their part of the political conditions, despite the fact that the special status is still blocked. In this legislative act, there is still no real mechanism for introduction it into force - article 10 of the law still contains the condition for holding elections on December 7, 2014. All these facts indicate that the adoption of this law is nothing more than an implementation imitation of Minsk agreements. At the same time, the most acceptable option for introduction into force a special order of local self-government according to the formula, on which the Republic is ready, provokes rejection from Kiev’s representatives. The formula, which was developed and twice approved by the leaders of ”Normandy format”, still was not supported by negotiators of Ukraine in the working group in Minsk. Thus, the agenda remains unchanged - the first and main issue is the introduction of a special status.
While the Ukraine’s negotiators are avoiding dialogue in all ways, they are dragging out this conflict, which means that Donbass people are suffering. We once again urge the Ukrainian party to return to a dialogue on the topic of a compromise order for Donbass special status implementation. We believe that only a constructive discussion on this topic will make it possible to shift the entire current negotiating process from a dead end. Only if there are clear coordinated mechanisms for the implementation of Donbass special status as the basis for a peaceful settlement and their proper consolidation, it is possible to move to other issues in the political area." - Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.