Michael Flynn got secret plan to lift sanctions on Russia before resignation

Michael Flynn got secret plan to lift sanctions on Russia before resignationA week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as U.S. national security adviser, he got a proposal, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The amateur diplomats behind the proposal say their goal is simply to help settle a grueling, three-year conflict that has cost 10,000 lives.

The plan involved lifting sanctions on Russia in return for Moscow withdrawing its support for pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. It would also allow Russia to maintain control over Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.

But the proposal contains more than just a peace plan. Andrii V. Artemenko, the Ukrainian lawmaker, who sees himself as a Trump-style leader of a future Ukraine, claims to have evidence — “names of companies, wire transfers” — showing corruption by the Ukrainian president, Petro O. Poroshenko, that could help oust him. And Artemenko said he had received encouragement for his plans from top aides to Putin.

The plan was delivered to Flynn by Michael D. Cohen, Trump's lawyer, last week and also has the backing of Artemenko and Felix H. Sater, a businessman with ties to the region.

They hatched the proposal in January at Manhattan's Loews Regency, a luxury hotel on Park Avenue.

While it is unclear if the White House will take the proposal seriously, the diplomatic freelancing has infuriated Ukrainian officials. Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly, said Artemenko “is not entitled to present any alternative peace plans on behalf of Ukraine to any foreign government, including the U.S. administration.”

Flynn resigned from his position as National Security Adviser last week amid claims he did not tell the White House the whole truth about a meeting he previously held with the Russian ambassador.
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