As reported by Censor.NET, in an exclusive interview with VOA's Ukrainian service, Kurt Volker, U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations, said that Kremlin remarks about the referendum were not only misleading but also blatantly implausible.
Russian President Vladimir Putin last week told a gathering of diplomats in Moscow that he and Trump discussed the possibility of an internationally supervised referendum in pro-Russian separatist regions of eastern Ukraine, a claim later reiterated by the Kremlin's ambassador to the U.S.
"Let me just say this — that on all of the issues that Ukrainians would care about, nothing was given away," Volker said. "No handing over of gifts to Russia at Ukraine's expense."
"There was no move toward recognition of Russia's claimed annexation of Crimea. No support for a referendum. No movement toward Russia's position on a protection force for [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] monitors that would effectively divide the country," said the U.S. diplomat, referring to Russia's controversial September 2017 U.N. proposal.