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Putin offers Trump to hold referendum in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

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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