"It's impossible to lease something from yourself," Lavrov said when a journalist asked him about the recent report published by the New York Times.
The report, released on Sunday, describes a plan which allegedly calls for the "withdrawal of all Russian forces" from eastern Ukraine and a referendum to lease Crimea to Russia for 50-100 years. It was reportedly authored by Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, business associate Felix Sater and Ukrainian opposition lawmaker Andrii Artemenko, and left with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn's office before his ouster last week.
"There must be a lot of people who wish to distract attention from Poroshenko administration's inability to implement their obligations under the Minsk accords," Lavrov pointed out. "At the same time, [they want] to draw attention away from our German and French colleagues' failure to influence Poroshenko and make him keep his word."
Following Lavrov's statements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the report, saying that the question of "lease" is absurd: "How can Russia lease its own region? The very wording of the question is fairly absurd."
He reiterated his earlier comments that the Kremlin was not aware of the plan, reported by the New York Times on Sunday, which calls for the "withdrawal of all Russian forces" from eastern Ukraine and a referendum to lease Crimea to Russia for 50-100 years.
On February 14, however, the White House spokesman said that Trump expects Russia to "return Crimea" to Ukraine.
Responding to this statement, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia would continue its de-escalation efforts in Ukraine and would "patiently and consistently" reiterate to its partners, the US included, the reasons why Crimeans decided to rejoin Russia.
"The subject of returning Crimea will not be discussed… Russia does not discuss its territorial integrity with foreign partners," Peskov stressed.