Kremlin rules out another referendum in occupied Crimea
The Kremlin ruled out the possibility of holding another referendum in the occupied Crimea, so that the U.S. could cancel anti-Russian sanctions, Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to an UNIAN correspondent in the Russian Federation.
Asked, whether the Kremlin was ready for any deal with the U.S. on Crimea and, in particular, if it could hold another referendum in exchange for sanctions lift, Peskov said: "No, there can't be [any other referendum]. It's out of the question."
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