MOSCOW, May 25 /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic hopes to have a meaningful discussion with the Kiev government’s representatives at a meeting of the Contact Group for Ukraine settlement and its subgroups to be held in Minsk on June 2, Denis Pushilin, the vice-speaker of the People’s Council of the DPR who represents the republic in the Contact Group, said on Monday.
"We hope that they (Ukraine) will be ready by June 2 to discuss concrete issues and not just promise to take account of some facts or ask for further delay," the Donetsk news agency quoted Pushilin as saying.
The Contact Group held its last meeting in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on May 22. Its members reviewed the first progress made by four thematic groups and worked out a roadmap for the peace process for a month ahead.
The first meeting of a subgroup for economic issues took place in Minsk on May 14 to discuss the restoration of the Donbas banking system and infrastructure.
The situation around the Shirokino populated locality on the disengagement line in Donbas dominated a meeting of the working group for security on May 19. The working group for humanitarian issues discussed prisoner exchanges on the "all for all" principle the same day on May 19.
The subgroup for political issues held its first meeting in Minsk on May 22. "The subgroup did not reach a consensus during its first meeting but the range of issues was clear. They discussed elections in Donbas. There were disputable issues to which no solution was found. But the discussion will continue," Pushilin stressed.
Representatives of the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics submitted their stance on local elections in Donbas.
Pierre Maurel from the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); Maxim Polyakov from Russia and Vladimir Gorbulin from Ukraine as well as two representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics took part in the meeting of the subgroup for political issues on May 22.