US lawmakers rebuke congresswoman over Ukraine comments: Report

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US Congresswoman Victoria Spartz and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensy. (File photo)

US officials and fellow lawmakers have slammed Ukraine-born Congresswoman Victoria Spartz for making remarks against the Kiev government.  

CNN reported on Friday that the Republican lawmaker’s criticisms of the Kiev authorities, including President Vladimir Zelensky and his chief of staff Andrii Yermak, have frustrated many officials in Washington, as cited by RT.

The report noted the White House had even arranged a special briefing to address her reports against the Kiev regime, which included leaking classified information, mismanagement, disinformation, sabotage, delays, unreasonable and illegal demands, and corruption.

However, many US lawmakers from both sides of the aisle had become weary of Spartz' “bellicose rhetoric,” according to the report.

“We’ve all talked to her," one Republican lawmaker told the outlet. "It’s pissing people off. Because it hurts the cause.”

Marcy Kaptur, leader of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, dismissed Spartz' reports as "wild narratives."

Kaptur insisted that the scale of US cooperation with President Zelenskyy's office "gives no reason to doubt the loyalty of any official." Kaptur accused Spartz of playing into the hands of Russian propaganda.

Meanwhile, the US Republican representative from the state of Indiana, and the first and only Ukrainian-born member of Congress, has been continuously voicing concerns about Kiev's vast corruption.

Spartz, who has repeatedly visited Ukraine since the outbreak of hostilities in late February, reportedly met with US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley to inform him of the extent of the corruption in the Kiev regime, as well as to warn him that the US-supplied weapons to the Kiev regime may be sold to arms dealers. The US top military commander did not dismiss her concerns out of hand.

According to the CNN report, Washington has been aware of the problems in Kiev for a long time and has been urging Kiev to do more to fight rampant corruption.

The Kiev regime's officials are not happy with the instigator of the Yermakgate case either, with Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko claiming in early July that Spartz has been trying to spread “Russian propaganda” in the US.
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Nikolenko's comments came in response to the lawmaker’s open letter to US President Joe Biden that expressed doubts about the reliability of Zelensky’s chief of staff Yermak and called for a mechanism to track US weapons sent to Kiev.

“We advise Ms. Spartz to stop trying to earn extra political capital on baseless speculation around the topic of war in our country and the grief of Ukrainians. Especially cynical are manipulations about Ukraine and its leadership from a congresswoman of Ukrainian origin,” Nikolenko stated at that time.

On July 8, in an interview with Fox News, Spartz called on the US Congress lawmakers to establish “proper oversight” of billions of dollars in the assistance provided to Ukraine. Just a few days prior to that, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that “some of the foreign weapons supplied by the West to Ukraine are spreading throughout the Middle East region, and also end up on the black market.”

Due to Kiev's corruption, the chief of Interpol, Jurgen Stock, also voiced concern that US weapons sent there will be sold elsewhere and find their way into the wrong hands.


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