Biden has criticized the Ukrainian people’s deputies for being unable to defeat corruption: Lytvyn


During a meeting with people’s deputies, US Vice President Joe Biden stated that insufficient efforts are being made in Ukraine to combat corruption, says Volodymyr Lytvyn (independent MP), Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense.

The press service of the Chairman of the Committee on National Security and Defense reports that on Tuesday morning Joe Biden conducted a meeting with people’s deputies, which was attended by Lytvyn, Inna Bohoslovska (independent MP), Vitaliy Kalyuzhnyi (Party of Regions), Vitaliy Klitschko (UDAR), Lesya Orobets (Batkivshchyna), Petro Poroshenko (independent MP), Serhiy Sobolev (Batkivshchyna), Oleh Tyahnybok (Svoboda), and Sergey Tigipko (independent MP).

Lytvyn noted, “Biden’s final words, which were perhaps influenced by the speeches, were extremely harsh.”

“Particularly concerning corruption in Ukraine. He stressed, ‘You are unable to overcome corruption. The world will not tolerate this, but we cannot solve this problem for you ourselves. You always emphasize that you need help in the energy sector, yet this system is completely corrupt as well,’” the MP quoted the U.S. Vice President as saying.


Source: Interfax Ukraine

Translated by Katherina Smirnova, edited by Robin Rohrback


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  • TeachESL (@TeachESL)

    Ukraine is in the process of being chipped away by Putin and this is what Biden has to say?? Yes, the issue of corruption is important but there is a more important issue – Russia’s attempt to take part of Ukraine into the Russian sphere!

    • Lorren

      I’m sorry, ESL., but you are mistaken. Corruption in Ukraine is at the heart of all that is happening there now. It is what has brought so many people to the edge of despair by their financial condition, and it is what makes restoring order so difficult. No one in power there, most especially including law enforcement on the streets, stands to benefit from reform of corruption. They will all lose huge sources of revenue through bribes, racketeering and much more. The people want some relief from their circumstances, and those in power want to keep a system that allows them to steal from everyone, all the time. So opportunistic Putin sees his chance. But his actions are a symptom of the problem, not the cause. Rampant corruption is the cause. And must be addressed, as Poland addressed theirs, to become a much stronger, more prosperous nation today.

  • chornajuravka

    Reblogged this on Voices of Ukraine.