Herbst: Zelenskyi Appointee Raises ‘Some Questions’ in US
The U.S. State Department said that it continues to support Ukraine and its reforms
Washington has “some questions” about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi decision to appoint Andriy Bohdan, an associate of Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, as the head of his administration.
However, the United States will not jump to conclusions and will judge the decision only by the real steps of the presidential team, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst said in a brief commentary to Ukrinform.
“The appointment of Andriy Bohdan (as the Head of the Administration of the President of Ukraine) raised some questions. But an important thing is the policy, as well as the actions of the new president and his team,” Herbst said.
Recent Ukrainian media reports suggested that U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker in a conversation with Volodymyr Zelenskyi had recommended against the appointment.
The U.S. Department of State did not comment on that conversation while noting that the U.S. delegation, including Kurt Volker, “held a very productive discussion on a wide range of issues with President Zelenskyi” following the inauguration events in Kyiv.
The U.S. Department of State said it continues to support Ukraine’s reform, the fight against corruption, and the rule of law.