Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Artemenko said he discussed his left-field proposal for Ukraine with US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who offered to deliver the plan to the Trump administration, media reports said.
The exact details of the plan are unclear, yet reports have suggested it revolves around leasing Crimea — annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014 — to Moscow for 50 to 100 years, while Russia would withdraw its troops from the separatist regions in east Ukraine, CNN reported.
In an interview, Artemenko says Cohen wanted to take the plan to Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
For his part, Cohen agreed to having dinner with Artemenko, but denied discussing peace in Ukraine.
The White House has flatly denied any knowledge of the proposal as any suggestion that the White House might consider a plan that formalises Russia’s control of Crimea would cause consternation in Kiev and among its allies in Europe.
Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and sent military help to separatists in the country’s east, where violent conflict over disputed territory drags on to this day.