Moscow refused to discuss the lease of the Crimea

Yalta, Crimea

The Kremlin does not discuss the issue of the lease of the Crimea in exchange for possible lifting of sanctions against Moscow. This was stated press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov on Monday, February 20, the correspondent “”.

“How can Russia your region to rent? The very wording of the question quite absurd,” Peskov said to journalists commenting on the initiative of the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Andrey Artemenko.

He stressed that in this case there is no subject for discussion.

By words a press-the Secretary, in the Kremlin “there is a General understanding that there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements”, a political and diplomatic solution of the Ukrainian problem can only be based on them.

Previously, the newspaper the New York Times reported that the Deputy Andrey Artemenko (member of the Radical party of Oleg Lyashko) sent to the administration of U.S. President Donald trump a document with proposals that involve the normalization of Russian-Ukrainian relations and the withdrawal imposed on Russia restrictions.

The author, in particular, proposed to hold a “national referendum”, putting him on the question of the transfer of the Crimea is leased by Russia for a period of from 30 to 50 years. At the expiration of this period on the Peninsula it is necessary to hold a plebiscite under the supervision of international structures, which should finally decide the question of affiliation of the region.

Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Georgy Muradov called the idea Artemenko “useless and unworkable proposal.” The head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Ozerov expressed the opinion that the plan of lifting of sanctions by Ukrainian Parliament, is absurd.

After the annexation of Crimea to Russia and the beginning of military clashes in the South-East of Ukraine in the spring of 2014, the U.S. and several countries have introduced against Moscow sanctions, limiting access to financial markets, investments in Russian economy, working with a number of companies, the transfer of technology. In response, Russia banned the import of certain products from countries that have adhered to the restrictions.