Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (September 5)

05 September 2018

On September 5, 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.
“At today's sitting the Ukrainian negotiators openly expressed their hypocritical and contemptuous attitude to the people of whole Donbass, as well as to the signatories of the
Package of Measures, clearly demonstrating the absence of diplomatic etiquette and elementary humanity. The Ukrainian party defiantly left the hall in response to our proposal to begin sitting with a minute of silence in memory of Alexander Zakharchenko.
The repeated terrorist attacks of the Ukrainian authorities against the people's leaders of Donbass is an attempt to destabilize, bring chaos and confusion to our ranks. However, all these attempts are doomed to failure: the tragic events have made the Donbass people even more united.
We, as before, are true to our ideals, we take our responsibilities and intend to continue the vector of settlement that Alexander Zakharchenko chose in February 2015, putting his signature under the
Package of Measures. Therefore, we will demand that Kiev implement each paragraph of this document, which contains the only peaceful way to get out of the conflict. At the same time, Kiev needs to realize that now it is high time to begin work on preparing and agreeing with us the prolongation of the Law on the special status of Donbass, which expires in a month.
We expect from the party of international mediators not only the expression of concerns and support words, but, finally, real measures aimed at minimizing the Ukrainian threat constantly impending Donbass and its inhabitants. We support the initiative of Mr. Gryzlov to conduct an international investigation of this crime, while the world community should not only urge Ukraine's leadership to facilitate this investigation, but also bring pressure upon Kiev in the implementation of peace agreements”– Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.