Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevgeny Perebiynis responded to this information via Twitter.
“” Get out of Donbass “does not mean” take away Donbass “, but quite the contrary,” – he wrote.
Earlier on Monday, April 6, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, questioned the ethics of the participants of the closed meeting between the president and the board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE). Presumably, the parties later disclosed the content of their conversation with the president. “Let it be on their conscience: whether they told the truth or a lie,” – added the spokesman.
In turn, the head of the RUIE Alexander Shokhin told the magazine that Putin’s words were misinterpreted and distorted. “The reality that the words of Vladimir Putin got distorted is a fact. He was talking about the relations between Russia and Ukraine and about the implementation of the Minsk agreements (…) This is a misinterpretation, and I am not going to comment or rephrase it, “- said Shokhin.
As stated in the Forbes article, during a closed meeting with businessmen on March 19, the Russian President said that in the negotiations of the “Normand Quartet” in Minsk on February 11-12, Poroshenko offered him to “take away Donbass”. According to a source of the publication, this is how Putin recounted his conversation with the president of Ukraine to the businessmen, “He openly told me: “Take away Donbass “. I replied: “Are you crazy? I do not need Donbass. If you also don’t need it, then announce its independence. ‘” To that Poroshenko, according to Putin, said that the Ukrainian authorities cannot agree to this, which is stated in the Forbes article.