Lavrov: Russia cannot hire the Crimea itself

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MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. To rent from ourselves nothing is impossible, said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, commenting on the proposal of Verkhovna Rada Deputy Andriy Artemenko conduct in Ukraine the referendum on whether Crimea “to take Russia to lease for a period of 50 to 100 years.”

“It is difficult to comment, because myself to rent anything. I even can’t add anything,” – said Lavrov at a press conference.

“With regard to the different plans, it probably is a lot of wishing to distract attention from the complete failure of the administration (President of Ukraine Petro approx. TASS) Poroshenko to meet their commitments under the Minsk agreements, but at the same time to distract attention from the inability of our French and German colleagues in any way affect Poroshenko and force him to keep his word,” he said.