Ukrainian deputy who proposed an alternative plan for peace with Russian separatists to the US President Donald Trump's administration announced about his plans to travel to Washington to present the proposal publicly. This was reported by Reuters.
Artemenko's initiative was disavowed by both Russian and Ukrainian governments. The Kremlin said his plan was "absurd", while Ukrainian prosecutors have launched a treason investigation due to the reported content of the proposal.
In an interview, Artemenko said he was not deterred and that he had the support of some US Congress and Senate members.
Certain details of the proposal had been misrepresented by the media, including that his initiative suggests Crimea, he said. He allegedly proposed that Crimea which was annexed from Ukraine by Moscow in 2014, be leased to Russia for a term of 50 or 100 years.
He did not go into detail about what "compromise" needed to be found between Russia and Ukraine to end the conflict, but said he believed the United States should play a major role in peace negotiations.
"I'm sure this is the right time, when Trump's administration is looking for new people who will be able to sort out this truly complicated task," he said.
On Monday, his party expelled him as a member, but Artemenko commented that this and the treason allegations were "hysteria" and a sign that Ukrainian authorities could not accept any alternative points of view.
Earlier it was reported that Lavrov comments on Artemenko plan to "rent Crimea". "It is impossible to rent something to yourself, there’s nothing more to say", Lavrov said.