Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (June 27)

27 June 2018

On June 27, 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.

“Despite all background for constructive dialogue, the Ukrainian party continues to sabotage the peaceful settlement.

At the same time, the number of victims of non-compliance with the ceasefire regime, quoted by the UN OHC in the current Human Rights Report in Ukraine for the period February 16 - May 15, 2018, indicates that the main breaker of security is the Ukrainian party. Thus, the statements of the Ukraine’s  representatives on ensuring security as a precondition for political steps, work in the Normandy format and refusal to grant a position in Minsk can be regarded as a deliberate blockade of the fulfillment of political settlement obligations at all levels.

At the same time, the validity term of the formal prolongation of the law on the Donbass special status expires on October 11. It is impossible to permanently postpone the final solution of this issue - to ensure a sustainable peace. The only possible compromise in the issue of the full implementation of the law on the special status of Donbass is Steinmeier's formula. Therefore, representatives of Kiev in Minsk need to stop ignoring the discussion of this mechanism and proceeding to its harmonization. Such a step can provide a basis for considering other issues of the peace settlement, thus giving substantive content to the meetings in Minsk” – Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.