The bodies of the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office opened criminal proceedings on suspicion of a member of Parliament of Ukraine Andrey Artemenko in treason, said the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko on his page in Facebook.
In the plot document on opening of criminal proceedings provided that Artemenko “on preliminary arrangement” with the Russian authorities conducted “subversive activities” against Ukraine, which “has resulted in calls for the transfer of long term rent of the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea”.
On 20 February, the newspaper the New York Times wrote that Artemenko, along with adviser Michael Cohen and his business partner Felix Satera was the author of the “plan for the lifting of sanctions against Russia”, allegedly handed over to the assistant to the President for national security Michael Flynn just a week before his resignation.
Artemenko authorship of the “plan” didn’t deny and said that he envisages a nationwide referendum on the transfer of Crimea is leased by Russia for 30-50 years. According to Artemenko, the plan also provided for the return of Donbass in the Ukraine and to hold another national referendum on its status. Artemenko also said that the Minsk agreement “already dead.”
The legal adviser of the US President Michael Cohen has denied reports that he gave any suggestion of the Ukrainian Parliament on the lifting of sanctions against Russia, former assistant to the us President for national security Michael Flynn. “I recognize that a brief meeting [with Andrew Artemenko] taken place, but categorically denied discussing this topic and transfer any documents to the White house and/or Flynn,” said Cohen.
The Kremlin said that is not familiar with the plan Artemenko withdrawal Sanz with Russia, and predlojenie to take the Crimea in the lease called the “quite absurd”. For slovam press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov alternative to the Minsk agreements no.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov stated that it is impossible to rent the Crimea, because it belongs to Russia, and stated that he “plan” is an attempt to divert “the attention from the complete inability” of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to implement the Minsk agreements.