Kremlin: Question of Crimea’s affiliation does not exist
There is no such thing as the "Crimean issue" and therefore it is not subject to discussion, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said about Kyiv’s intentions to launch negotiations over the peninsula’s future in the expanded Geneva format, TASS reported.
"The issue of Crimea does not exist as such," Peskov said, according to TASS. "Naturally, it will be impossible to discuss it."
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko proposed last week to set up an international mechanism for de-occupation of the peninsula in a Geneva Plus format. "I’m positive that “Geneva Plus” format would be the best to set up such mechanism: with the participation of our partners from the EU, the U.S. and, possibly, the Budapest Memorandum signatory states," the president said.
On January 20, 2016, Petro Poroshenko signed a Decree on establishing an Office for de-occupation of Crimea.