Krem­lin: Trump as­so­ci­ates’ peace plan for Ukraine ‘ab­surd’

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — The Krem­lin said Mon­day that the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment does not know any­thing about a Ukraine peace plan crafted by an op­po­si­tion Ukrainian law­maker and two of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s as­so­ci­ates.

Rus­sia Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, shrugged off the plan that the law­maker in Ukraine re­port­edly tried to ped­dle to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, dis­miss­ing it as “ab­surd.’’

The draft plan, first re­ported by The New York Times, calls for all Rus­sian forces to with­draw from eastern Ukraine. It also calls for a ref­er­en­dum to let Ukrainian vot­ers de­cide whether the Crimea, which was seized by Rus­sia, should be leased to Moscow for 50 or 100 years. Rus­sia isn’t go­ing “to rent its own re­gion,’’ Peskov said.

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