On October 04, 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.
"Today's negotiations round of the political group did not bring only another confirmation of Kiev's lack of intention to settle the conflict by peaceful means. Today, refusing to discuss the most pressing issue on the agenda - prolongation of the Donbass special status - negotiators from Ukraine referred to the official texts of several bills proposed by the President of Ukraine P. Poroshenko and a number of Verkhovna Rada deputies, which now appeared in the public domain. The published projects contradict the documents signed in Minsk and further separate Donbass from Ukraine, being a weak attempt of the Ukrainian authorities to imitate the implementation of the Package of Measures. None of the new projects on the future and status of Donbass has not been agreed with the Republican representatives. Adoption of this law by the Verkhovna Rada can mean only one: Ukrainian government chooses a military solution to the conflict.
Therefore, we pay special attention to the fact that the frank sabotage of the negotiation process by Ukraine and the refusal to dialogue with us testifies to the sheer disregard of the only possibility of a peaceful settlement in favor of a force scenario" - Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.