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Poroshenko Offered Putin Donbass? Kremlin Neither Confirms nor Denies

Editor's note: On March 19, there was a closed-door meeting between Putin and senior board members of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entreprenuers. A representative of Forbes attended. During the meeting, the Forbes representative claims to have heard Putin say that Poroshenko offered Putin the Donbass area of Ukraine. The following article is the Kremlin's response to the allegation.

This article originally featured at It was translated for RI by Aleksei Shestyan.

Putin’s spokesman neither confirmed nor denied a report on the possibility of transferring the Lukhansk People’s Republic (LPR) and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to Russia.

Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, declined to comment on media reports that at the talks in Minsk, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had offered the Donbass region to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. These details were revealed by (Russian) businessmen after a closed-door meeting of Vladimir Putin with members of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

“It is not really good that some of the participants at that event have spoken out about the contents of their closed-door discussions. Let that be on their conscience. Whether they told the truth or lies, I’m not going to comment on that,” Dmitry Peskov told the reporters, adding that the press are not supposed to comment on private parts of such events.

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