Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a bargain to the US President Barack Obama, providing decrease of the aggression, particularly in Donbas, if the West leaves the matter of Crimea, and 5 countries become neutral under international decision. On the air of "Gromadske radio", the Ukrainian politician, MP of the Verkhovna Rada of the previous convocation Stepan Gavrish noted that this information was received from publications of some American journalists who are able to collect the inside information.
According to Stepan Gavrish, the RF President wants to secure Russia by creating a kind of "sanitary zone" of neutral countries around it:
“We are talking about Ukraine, Georgia, Finland, Sweden and Moldova. This is a sanitary zone that Putin wants to leave as a barrier between Russia and the West.”
When asked about Obama's reaction, Stepan Gavrish said, that the end of the presidential term makes the US leader stay reticent.
“I think he [Obama] did not say anything. He is now in the position to speak as little as possible.”
The politician went on saying that all such Putin’s proposals are intended to keep Ukraine in the sphere of Russian influence.
“People should realize that all of Putin's actions are intended to get Ukrainian territory as a kind of a semi-colony.
Information about Russia's attempts to negotiate and withdraw its troops under wraps from Donbas in exchange for recognition of Crimea as Russian territory by the International community, appears in the information space from time to time. Though it was not officially confirmed. Such an exchange would be beneficial to Russia, as it would allow to "save face" and image (as the Russian Federation insists on the absence of its troops in Donbas). Moreover, recognition of Crimea as a part of Russia and the "disappearance" of the RF troops from Donbas, would exclude the very cause of sanctions and lift them, which will significantly improve the economic situation in the Russian Federation.
At the same time, the world leaders definitely confirm that Crimea belongs to Ukraine, and their unequivocal position stands on the Russia’s way to such attempts. Notably, if Putin did make such proposals to Obama, the very fact of the bid may testify the presence of Russian occupation troops in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. And the possible disclosure of such information after the completion of Obama's cadence can be quite an unpleasant surprise for Russia.
October 3, 2016, Putin issued an ultimatum demanding the US to lift all sanctions imposed on Russia and compensate the losses caused by them. Russian President signed the law, which has suspended implementation of the agreement with the United States on disposal of weapons-grade plutonium. Russia insists on lifting the sanctions to resume the agreement.
Russia was sanctioned for its aggression in Donbas and the illegal annexation of Crimea, which is recognized neither by the United States nor by any other country in the world. In response to Russia’s ultimatum, the United States suggested the possibility of introducing additional sanctions against RF for its destructive actions in Syria.