Putin offers Trump to hold referendum in Donbas

During the meeting with the U.S. leader in Helsinki, the Russian leader assumed local residents could vote for the status of this region, - Bloomberg
08:03, 20 July 2018

Voice of America

The Kremlin offers the White House to consider a possibility of the referendum in the occupied Donbas. The idea is that local residents, who live in could the militant-controlled areas could vote for the status of this region. That was the offer of Russian president Vladimir Putin, which he voiced out during the recent meeting with his U.S. colleague Donald Trump in Helsinki, Bloomberg wrote.

The outlet referred to two interlocutors who were present during the meeting, where Putin and Russian diplomats participated. According to one of them, Trump asked Putin not to discuss the idea at a press conference after the summit in Helsinki, so that Trump woud have enough time to consider it.

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The interlocutor added that, according to Putin, the said 'referendum' should take place under the supervision of the international community.

The Kremlin's press secretary Dmitriy Peskov did not disclose much information about Putin's claims regarding Ukraine. 'They discussed some new ideas, and they will keep working on them,' the official said.

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Wolf Angel

Member since: 17.06.2018

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20 July 2018, 08:57
Do all those that fled those regions get to vote too. Can proof of residency when Russia invaded be mandatory, show passports of Ukraine in order to vote. Can the Kuban District in Russia vote? Chechnya? No vote is needed. The Donbas region is Ukraine. When Russia repeals it law making discussing separation of territory from Russia illegal, and further makes laws saying a region can vote to separate from Russia, then Putin, the world might believe what you say a tiny bit more.
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