Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (December 21)

21 December 2016

On December 21, 2016 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. 

"Today, on December 21, there was the last sitting of the group on political issues in this year. Summarizing this meeting and the outgoing year, we have to admit that none of the political items of the Package of Measures was implemented by the Ukrainian party so far. 

At this sitting we expected to hear the official Kiev's position from the Ukrainian negotiators, but unfortunately, the rhetoric of our opponents has not been changed. They still refer to the "Normandy format" and lack of "road map", replacing the meanings and concepts. The Ukrainian party does not give the opportunity to discuss none of the issues, blocking the work of political group de facto. Ukraine continues to ignore the arguments that the groups work within the framework and on the basis of the Package of Measures and that the "Normandy format" will not replace sitting in Minsk, because of absence there the representatives of the Republics as a party of the conflict. Continuing to neutralize the importance of the implementation of the political package, Kiev delays the negotiation process, as well as neglects the instructions of leaders of the guarantor countries. 

Our position remains unchanged - it is necessary as soon as possible to engage direct, frank and productive dialogue between the two parties of the conflict for the implementation of all political items of the Package of Measures. We expect that the Ukrainian representatives in 2017 will not prevent the long-awaited peace"- Natalya Nikonorova announced about the results of the sitting of the group on political issues. 

Next sitting of the group on political issues is to take place on January 16.