Victor Ozerov, chairman of the Council of the Federation Committee on Defense and Security, asserted that Moscow builds its own ties with the US "without needing the services of lawmakers from Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada."
"These proposals are absurd and unacceptable for Russia, they have not been coordinated with Russia," Ozerov stressed.
Crimea rejoined Russia after a 2014 referendum, when almost 97 percent of the region's population voted for the reunification. Sevastopol, which has a federal city status, supported the move by 95.6 percent of votes. During the election campaign Trump claimed he would "consider" recognizing Crimea as part of Russia following the referendum in the peninsula, adding that the Crimeans wanted to live in Russia.
On February 14, the White House spokesman said that Trump expects Russia to "return Crimea" to Ukraine.