Leader of the Radical Party Oleg Lyashko requires People’s Deputy Andriy Artemenko to hand over the mandate after his statements on giving up Crimea to remove US sanctions against the Russian Federation. Lyashko said this on the sidelines of Parliament before the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
"He should not be a member of the Radical Party. He has no right to represent the Radical Party. By his statements Artemenko discredited both Ukraine and our team. So I think if Artemenko says that he is the politician who wants to be friends with Putin and Russian allies, he will have to lay down the mandate and go make friends wherever he wants. Radical party is friends only with the Ukrainians. Radical Party defends only the radical interests of Ukraine. We do not trade territories, neither Crimea nor Donbas. Anyone who does not support our policy cannot be with us. Therefore, I demand to exclude Andriy Artemenko from the party. In addition, today we will gather faction meeting to discuss the issue of his expulsion", Lyashko said.
Recall, MP from the Radical Party Andriy Artemenko developed the concept of making peace between Russia and Ukraine, and the lifting of sanctions from Moscow. His plan was transferred to an adviser of US President Donald Trump, Michael Flynn shortly before his retirement.
He suggested the withdrawal of Russian troops from the east of Ukraine and conducting a nationwide referendum to submit Crimea to Russia for lease by 50 or 100 years.
In addition, Artemenko allegedly provided evidence of corrupt activities of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, which included the names of the companies and the number of bank transfers. In his opinion, this should help to shift Poroshenko from his post and to bring the new government to Kyiv that will be not so hostile towards Russia.