Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (November 23)

23 November 2016

On November 23, 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 Natalya Nikonorova took part in negotiations.

"A main basis for discussion at the sitting on November 23 was supposed to be “Steinmeier's formula” as the only possible compromise mechanism of the entry into force of the Law on the special status of Donbass, which in turn is the basis for the implementation of all political items of the Complex of measures. Taking into account that the agenda of the sitting of political group was approved by the Contact group on November 9, today the Ukrainian party has disrupted discussions of actual questions. It also demonstrates the lack of coordination between representatives of Ukraine in the Contact group and the group on political issues.

Unfortunately, we can not state the sitting results as positive today. Ukraine refuses to discuss this formula before agreeing the road map in "Normandy format". This position is contrary to the Complex of measures, because it negates the need for coordination of policy issues with the representatives of the Republic, who do not take part in "Normandy format". Ukrainian negotiators insisted on the theoretical arguments for amnesty and the invitation of the expert for it, without giving any written documents with their official position to this day. We have once again clearly indicated our readiness to work on practical aspects of the implementation project of “Steinmeier's formula” and expect the same from Ukraine" - 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 December 7.