On March 14, 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.
"Representatives of Ukraine, contrary to the instructions of the OSCE coordinator, continue to avoid their obligations and make every effort to turn the Minsk negotiations into a formal process that does not lead to real progress.
We continue to defend the need for work in two areas: implementation of the procedure for the entry into force of the law on the special status of Donbass and amnesty. These two issues are right now the basis for a political settlement, the basis for implementing the remaining items of the Package of Measures.
However, representatives of Ukraine prefer to block the work of political group, arranging a vicious circle. In the Normandy format Kiev opposes the discussion of Steinmeier formula on the Minsk platform, and in Minsk Ukrainian representatives refuse to work on this compromise mechanism without assignment of the Normandy format. The only way to break this circle is the exact and rigorous implementation of all the documents of the Minsk package in the course of productive and conscientious cooperation of both parties in the Minsk format. And it will enable the Normandy format as a monitoring mechanism to support the peace process. " - Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.