U.S. may reduce support for Ukraine if NABU head dismissed

10:57, 07 December 2017
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Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Michael Carpenter says that if the Ukrainian parliament backs the dismissal of Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk and Head of the parliament's Anti-corruption Committee Yehor Sobolev, it may cause a reduction in all U.S. aid for Ukraine.

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"If the Rada votes to dismiss the head of the Anticorruption Committee and the head of the NABU, I will recommend cutting all US government assistance to Ukraine, including security assistance. This is a disgrace," Carpenter wrote on Twitter on December 6, 2017.

As UNIAN reported, the leaders of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko and the People's Front faction, Artur Gerasimov and Maksym Burbak registered a bill on amendments to certain laws relating to ensuring parliamentary control (registration No. 7362).

The document proposes the law on the regulations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine be supplemented with new chapter 33-1 and article 216-2. These changes stipulate that the Verkhovna Rada may express no confidence in the director of the State Bureau of Investigation, the deputy prosecutor general, the head of the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office, the director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau, a member of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention, which entails resignation.

At the same time, it is noted that the issue of no confidence can be submitted to the parliament by the president, the Cabinet of Ministers and at the suggestion of at least one third of members of parliament from the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada, i.e. at least 150 MPs.

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