KYIV (QHA) -

Proposal by the ex-member of the parliamentary faction "Radical Party" Andrey Artemenko on "leasing Crimea to Russia" will be considered in the framework of criminal proceedings in the Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea under Article 110 (attempt on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukrainian MP and Presidential Commissioner for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev pointed out that he has personally spoke with the Attorney Crimea on the matter.

“It’s jarring to hear Artemenko called my colleague ... When we became the People's Deputies, we signed the oath, which clearly stated that we must  defend the territorial integrity and security of our state. And this person, in violation of his oath, is going to hand over our territory to invaders. Today I spoke with the Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea who confirmed that this is violation of the criminal code under article "Attempt on the territorial integrity of Ukraine" which is punishable. And rightly so,” the MP said.

Mustafa Dzhemilev also suggested that Artemenko might have a certain agreement with the Kremlin that made him forward this proposal to the former adviser to the US President.

“I do not exclude that this whole situation is dictated by Russia. This is their strategy, to cast an idea to test the attitude of certain political structures to this proposal. So I do not rule out that this deputy has some agreement with the Russian technologists.”

Earlier, a member of the parliamentary faction of the Radical Party Andrey Artemenko proposed his plan to normalize relations between Ukraine and Russia to the former adviser to the US President Michael Flynn shortly before his retirement. The point of the plan, among other things, implied the idea of holding a national referendum on leasing Crimea to RF for 50-100 years.

Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, Valery Chaly called the plan of People's Deputy a "flagrant violation of the Ukrainian Constitution." He noted that the MP was not authorized to provide foreign governments with "some alternative peace plans" on behalf of the state.

The Head of the Radical Party of Ukraine Oleg Lyashko said that the faction members strongly disagree with the proposals of their fellow party member on "leasing Crimea to Russia."

Reference: The temporary occupation of the Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia began February 20, 2014. Europe and the US did not recognize the annexation of the Crimea and the Russian Federation was imposed a number of economic sanctions. For Ukraine, the Crimea remains a temporarily occupied territory.

QHA