On January 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.
"The first sitting of the political group this year took place against the backdrop of a complex political context and, unfortunately, the representatives of Ukraine continued to act corresponding to their counterproductive negotiating traditions.
Instead of specifically discussing the issues according to the approved agenda, the Ukrainian negotiators preferred to spend time on consideration of unjustified claims and demands.
Kiev Representatives said that they do not have to coordinate with us the legal acts, which concern Donbass, but are not prescribed in the Package of Measures. That is, the Ukrainian authorities continue to change the meaning of the Minsk agreements and practice unilateral actions by all available means, which, in fact, are just an imitation of the obligations fulfillment according to the Minsk package. The lack of political will in Kiev and the solutions that could address the root causes of the conflict are hampering the achievement of important results in the settlement of the conflict in Donbass, and such are the policy issues and the establishment of a direct dialogue." - Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.