October 30, 2014 / 11:20 AM / 3 years ago

Putin's spokesman casts doubt on Crimea report, says never heard of source

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, October 24, 2014.Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Thursday he had no idea who the Ukrainian diplomat behind a news story that Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had reached an official deal on Crimea was.

"I have no idea who Bogdan Yaremenko is, we have more than 3,000 such diplomats," Dmitry Peskov told Reuters. Traders said a report by Ukraine's UNIAN news agency on Crimea that cited Yaremenko was driving a sharp correction in the rouble.

Reporting by Daria Korsunskaya; Writing by Alexander Winning; Editing by Elizabeth Piper

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