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    Moscow won't exchange Crimea for Western sanctions removal, Russian upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko said amid foreign reports of a possible swap deal.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia will not exchange Crimea for the possibility of cancellation of the West’s sanctions, imposed on Russia amid the Ukrainian crisis, Matvienko said Friday.

    "Recently some foreign media have been spreading rumors on a deal between Russia and the West on ‘Crimea in exchange for lifting sanctions’ formula. This is a complete fabrication," Matvienko posted in her blog on the website of the Federation Council.

    Matvienko noted that some foreign partners’ stance on the Crimea issue had changed from rejection to an attempt to figure out what actually happened, underscoring that the visit of French lawmakers’ visits to the peninsula in 2015 and 2016 much contributed to this change.

    She also stressed that it is inevitable that the results of the referendum, held in Crimea in March 2014, will get international recognition. The referendum came a month after the coup d’etat took place in Ukraine in 2014 and Kiev still considers Crimea the part of Ukraine despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the Crimean population, namely, 96.77 percent, voted to rejoin Russia.

    Following the reunification of Russia and Crimea, Brussels and Washington imposed several round of sanctions on Russia over the state’s alleged meddling in the Ukrainian conflict despite the fact that Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations.

    On Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that any deal on Crimea in exchange for the cancellation of Western sanctions was "off the table" when asked about such possibility.


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      Russia Loves the Western Sactions, which have taught the Russians how to be self sufficient with their needs to live and survive without the Western influenced Garbage. It will take adjustment, but the Russians are strong and proud people.
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      Only in the West would anyone propose trading their national honour for thirty pieces of unclean silver. Only in the West could anyone imagine for a moment that Russia might behave so dishonorably. That is because they can't conceive of a point of view which differs from their own. That is why they always judge Russia by their own rotten standards. That is why they will never understand Russian pravda.
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      Guess what, the misleading garbage speculations came right from the same countries which have a proven colonialist and genocide history background.
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      Lol .... stupid West

      40 years extended for another 10 years illegal sanctions on Iran !
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      Mishka Kyiv
      Dont worry funny russians. No one wants anything to do with you, no-one will deal with you killers. Invaders and murderers are shot, they do not make deals. Sanctions will grow not be removed.
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