On December 20, 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.
"Last year's sitting of the political group in Minsk once again confirmed Ukrainian representatives' lack of lightest wish for a real resolving the conflict. Unfortunately, due to Kiev's counterproductive attitude, the year 2017 did not become a year of significant progress on the negotiation way, despite the fact that all necessary steps and even concessions were made by our party, as was the case of Steinmeier’s formula.
The question of the introduction into operation of the Donbass special status remains the most urgent, on the solution of which many other aspects depend, such as amnesty, appointment of judges, etc. However, throughout the whole year, Kiev refused to discuss it and did everything possible to prevent it from entering into force. Amendments made this year to the law "On the special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions" did not unblock its essential articles, but extended the validity of the formal norm on the status. In addition, the Ukrainian authorities in every possible way avoid direct dialogue with representatives of our Republics. It is especially characteristic that such a position of Kiev is entirely supported by American curators of the Ukrainian leadership, which, instead of facilitating the speedy restoration of peace in Donbass, only increase the destructive actions of Kiev.
Such obvious sabotage of the negotiation process, especially with the intensification of openly militaristic rhetoric of the Ukrainian politician, once again demonstrate Kiev's open indifference to a peaceful settlement of the situation. Nevertheless, we intend to defend the interests of Donbass people on the international diplomatic platform created for this purpose and to demand the fulfillment of obligations on all items of the Minsk package from representatives of Ukraine." - Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.