DNR hopes to include sovereignty of self-proclaimed republics in Minsk document

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic administration hopes the Trilateral Contact Group will include the principle of sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics in the final protocol of its Minsk meeting.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) administration hopes the Trilateral Contact Group will include the principle of sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics in the final protocol of its Minsk meeting.

Last week, the DNR parliament declared the primary significance of the principle of the sovereignty of the self-proclaimed republic for its foreign policy and any kind of negotiations, Donbas militia leader, DNR Supreme Council deputy Miroslav Rudenko told Interfax.

"Our representatives to the meeting will be guided by the principles laid down by the declaration of the republics' independence, therefore, the decisions of the upcoming meeting and its protocol will be drawn up consistent with the principle of the sovereignty of our republics," Rudenko said.

DNR First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin, who will attend the Minsk meeting, told Interfax earlier that the terms of a special status of Donbas would be discussed at the Contact Group meeting amongst other issues.

Read more: Ukrainian parliament grants special status to the Donbass

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