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Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko says he hopes to join forces with the FBI on an investigation relating to U.S. President Donald Trump's ex-aide Paul Manafort.

Asked by Reuters about progress on investigations in Ukraine relating to Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, Lutsenko said he was told in autumn by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that they had launched their own investigation and could not provide information at this stage.

"The ball is on the U.S. side... (we) can't finish our investigation without their results, because we need some information," he said.

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"I am going to have negotiations with FBI officials and will talk about a joint investigation group with them."

Read alsoUkraine's prosecutors refute NYT report claiming Kyiv halted cooperation in Manafort probeIn November, the head of special investigations at the general prosecutor's office Serhiy Horbatiuk, told Reuters that Ukraine had sent requests in 2014 and 2015 to question representatives of a law firm and Manafort relating to two cases involving misuse of Ukrainian state funds.

In the United States, Manafort faces two indictments accusing him of conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, failing to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work he did for the pro-Russia government of Ukraine, bank fraud and other offenses.