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 ‘Panama papers’ release will have no negative impact on Ukraine, - US Ambassador Pyatt

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt believes that the leak of the 'Panama papers' will not have negative impact on Ukraine.

He told a press briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

Asked on the position of the United States about Panama scandal with Petro Poroshenko's business offshore, Geoffrey Pyatt said: " Well let me say a couple of things. First of all, there are a lot of documents and we have made it a worldwide policy not to comment on the specifics as we examine them and reach our own conclusions. It's also the case that the United States has had a strong position in favor of transparency in these areas - again, as a worldwide policy. In this regard, we strongly support the steps that the Rada, the Ukrainian government, and the presidency have taken in recent months to move toward transparency in this area, including transparency of financial disclosures. You can see, for instance, the financial disclosure statements which are now being publicized for all of the ministers and senior officials of this government, which is a welcome step forward.

"Regarding the specific allegations about President Poroshenko, I would simply refer to the very strong statement from the White House spokesman this week reflecting both the priority that the United States places on supporting Ukraine's war against corruption, and our positive evaluation of the many steps that the President, that the Government, that the Prime Minister have taken to strengthen Ukraine's institutions against corruption.

"I would add one other personal note. I spent last weekend reading Boris Lozhkin's memoir, the Fourth Republic. I would recommend that book to all of my colleagues in the Ukrainian media because of the very strong message that Mr. Lozhkin conveys regarding the war against corruption and his very strong characterization of his commitment and Bankova's commitment to tackle these issues, including most urgently the question of the prosecutor general's office. So as long as this healthy debate is playing out in Ukrainian society with strong voices from Bankova, I'm very optimistic that the issues will be resolved in a favorable manner. And I see we're keeping Mayor Klitschko waiting, so I'd better stop."

"There will be no negative repercussions," U.S. ambassador said responding to a question whether the Panama scandal would affect relations with Ukraine.

Read more: Poroshenko owns at least two offshore firms, - The Guardian

Earlier, the White House representatives stated that one should not jump to conclusions with respect to the Panamanian archive documents, including those pertaining to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

Spokesperson to the White House Josh Earnest said that President Poroshenko and the Ukrainian government showed commitment to fight against corruption by implementing a number of anti-corruption reforms. He added that the United States continued providing assistance to the president and the government of Ukraine in implementation of these reforms.

Read more: Poroshenko's offshore scandal offers no major wrongdoing, but raises number of important questions, - Washington Post

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko explained the purpose of the creation of offshore companies, unveiled by the foreign media, by the need to transfer management of his business to an investor bank that refused to accept Ukrainian assets.
 
 
 
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