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 Radical MP Artemenko proposes "peace plan" on Ukraine to Trump's aides, offers to 'lease' Crimea to Russia for 100 years, - The New York Times

Ukrainian MP, member of Radical Party Andrii Artemenko has passed former national security adviser Michael Flynn a plan on settling the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

The New York Times wrote on Sunday, Censor.NET reports.

The proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, was offered by the Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement (shaped in part by Mr. Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort) to Mr. Flynn via the following people: Michael D. Cohen, the U.S. president's personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia, NYT reports.

Artemenko's plan would require the withdrawal of all Russian forces from eastern Ukraine. Regarging occupied Crimean peninsula, Ukrainian voters would decide in a referendum whether Crimea, the Ukrainian territory seized by Russia in 2014, would be leased to Russia for a term of 50 or 100 years, the MP proposes.

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Artemenko, who sees himself as a Trump-style leader of a future Ukraine, claims to have evidence - "names of companies, wire transfers" - showing corruption by the Ukrainian president, Petro O. Poroshenko, that could help oust him. And Mr. Artemenko said he had received encouragement for his plans from top aides to Mr. Putin.

"A lot of people will call me a Russian agent, a U.S. agent, a C.I.A. agent," Mr. Artemenko said. "But how can you find a good solution between our countries if we do not talk?"

Radical MP Artemenko proposes "peace plan" on Ukraine to Trump's aides, offers to 'lease' Crimea to Russia for 100 years, - The New York Times 01

Mr. Cohen and Mr. Sater said they had not spoken to Mr. Trump about the proposal, and have no experience in foreign policy. Mr. Cohen is one of several Trump associates under scrutiny in an F.B.I. counterintelligence examination of links with Russia, according to law enforcement officials; he has denied any illicit connections.

The two others involved in the effort have somewhat questionable pasts: Mr. Sater, 50, a Russian-American, pleaded guilty to a role in a stock manipulation scheme decades ago that involved the Mafia. Mr. Artemenko spent two and a half years in jail in Kiev in the early 2000s on embezzlement charges, later dropped, which he said had been politically motivated.

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While it is unclear if the White House will take the proposal seriously, the diplomatic freelancing has infuriated Ukrainian officials. Ukraine's ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly, said Mr. Artemenko "is not entitled to present any alternative peace plans on behalf of Ukraine to any foreign government, including the U.S. administration."

Radical MP Artemenko proposes "peace plan" on Ukraine to Trump's aides, offers to 'lease' Crimea to Russia for 100 years, - The New York Times 02
Andrii Artemenko at Manhattan



 
 
 
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