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Putin: Poroshenko offered me to take Donbas – Forbes

According to Forbes' source, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that at the last Minsk talks Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko offered to accession of Donbas to Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko offered him to take the Donbas to Russia. It is reported by the Russian edition of Forbes, citing its own sources, Joinfo.ua reports.

According to the publication, Putin told about the proposal at the closed part of the event on March 19, when the Russian president met with the board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), after his speech at the Congress of the Union. Putin has devoted a significant part of the event to the situation in the Donbas.

Forbes reported that Putin told the businessmen about Poroshenko's offer to accede the Donbas to Russia at the Normandy format meeting in Minsk on February 11-12. "He (Poroshenko – Ed.) just said, "Get the Donbas". I replied: "Are you nuts, or what? I do not need the Donbas. If you do not need it, then declare its independence," the newspaper quotes Putin.

Dmitry Peskov, the Spokesman for the Russian president, neither confirmed nor denied this information.