The first meeting of the Contact Group in 2021 regarding political issues, unfortunately, was held in a destructive manner.
“Instead of finally talking on substantive activities to unblock work on the political track, Ukrainian representatives are doing everything possible to further aggravate the already extremely deep stagnation in the negotiation process. For more than three months we have been waiting for responses to our draft Roadmap. But the Ukrainian party, taking into account by the statements made today, still did not find the time even to get acquainted with the text of the paper sent by us” – "Natalia Nikonorova noted.
But the Ukrainian negotiators find time to submit some other proposals and documents within the Normandy format. Despite our repeated questions, we have not received an answer from the Ukrainian representatives regarding the nature of document that nevertheless reflects the official position of Ukraine and needs to be worked on at the Minsk site.
“Moreover, we have heard calls from Mr. Kravchuk to wait for the results of tomorrow’s meeting of the Normandy Four leaders and only then start working on the Roadmap. But these calls to “wait for the results” are, in fact, nothing more than another evidence of Kiev's unwillingness to work substantively and constructively on a real political settlement. Because, once again, we recall that such a settlement can only be achieved in the Minsk format, in which the parties to the conflict - Kiev and Donbass - have the opportunity to communicate and coordinate issues directly.
In addition, we have an absolutely transparent and understandable proposal: to start discussing the Republics draft, since there are no objections to it either from Ukraine or from the mediators in the person of the OSCE and the Russian Federation. However, this simple and logical idea has been rejected by the Ukrainian party several times without a single intelligible argument. In such a situation, we stated that at the moment Ukraine has only two options: either to start working with us on the Roadmap on the basis of the project we proposed in full compliance with the Minsk Agreements, or to withdraw its signature under the Complex measures." - stressed the DPR Plenipotentiary.