For Russia, the question of identification of Crimea is not a subject for discussion, and in order to settle the situation in the east of Ukraine, Kyiv should give up these "republics". This was announced by the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the words of Ukrainian People's Deputy Nadiya Savchenko about temporary surrender of Crimea for the return of the occupied territories of Donbas.
"This issue is absolutely not debatable and indisputable for the Russian Federation. We do not discuss the status, situation and the future of Russian regions. This is not a question to be discussed with anybody," he said.
At the same time, referring to Russia's influence on the so-called "LPR" and "DPR", Peskov said that Russia is doing "everything possible to facilitate the settlement of the Ukrainian domestic crisis”. “In this case, of course, Ukraine should not give up these republics," he said.
Responding to the clarifying question about whether his words mean that Kyiv surrenders Donbas and Moscow will insist on keeping the "DPR" and "LPR", Peskov answered that in this case he meant that Ukrainian authorities refuse to pay the pensions, the provision of health services and do not fulfill social obligations to Donbas residents.
As it was reported earlier on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel by Ukrainian MP Nadiya Savchenko, releasing Donbas from Russia-backed rebels by means of peace is only possible at the cost of giving up Crimea – at least, temporarily. She added that the occupied areas of Donbas could be released by means of peaceful negotiations.