Rudolf Giuliani, the personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump, held his first meeting in Kiev with People’s Deputy Andriy Derkach (non-factional) and discussed with him the creation of the “Friends of Ukraine STOP Corruption” inter-parliamentary group.
Derkach wrote on his Facebook page :”Rudolph Giuliani flew to Kiev. We immediately met him on the establishment of the “Friends of Ukraine STOP Corruption” inter-parliamentary group”.
The people’s deputy reminded that Ukraine was in the center of scandals regarding international corruption.
Derkach commented:”Among other things, we are talking about the facts of inefficient use of funds of the American taxpayers by representatives of state authorities of Ukraine. One such example is the project” Support to the reform of criminal justice in Ukraine.””.
According to him, the US government has allocated $ 4.4 million for this project. The recipients were the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, Odessa Regional State Administration, the Center for Combating Corruption and other selected non-governmental organizations.
“According to the Joint Action Plan and the Procurement Plan, signed on September 30, 2019 by Levan Duchidze, director of International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Ukraine, and Ruslan Ryaboshapka, Prosecutor General of Ukraine, huge amounts of money will be spent on catering, banquets, hotels, experts, etc. In particular, 185.000 dollars – for international expert services, services of IDLO experts, translation services. 200. 000 – for rental of premises and equipment. 295.000- for consulting, security services, translation, printing, insurance, mobile communications, office furniture, etc.,”said Derkach.
In this regard, together with Giuliani, Derkach discussed his participation in the creation of the inter-parliamentary group “Friends of Ukraine STOP Corruption”. In the Verkhovna Rada this group can be formed as an inter-factional union.
Derkach said:”Giuliani’s participation in the creation of this group will be very useful. In particular, he can help us to lure to the group the international experts, analysts, journalists and all those who are able to realize the group’s tasks and benefit the strategic relations between Ukraine and the USA”.
He also said that along with Olexander Dubinsky, his fellow parliamentarian from the Servant of the People faction, they sent letters calling for participation in the formation of the group to Lindsay Graham – a chairman of the Senate Legal Committee, David Nuns – a member of the intelligence committee, and Mick Mulvaney – Acting Chief of Staff in the White House office.
Derkach summed up : “I am sure that the involvement of a group of participants, both from Ukraine and the United States, will help to give the most objective assessment of the facts of inefficient use of funds of the American taxpayers by representatives of state authorities of Ukraine. It will also help to restore friendly relations between strategic partners – Ukraine and the United States”.
As the People’s Deputy recalled, according to the report of the Accounts Chamber of Ukraine from 2017, at the beginning of 2015 there were 440 projects of international technical assistance (ITA) with a total value of more than $ 5.2 billion. As of July 1, 2017, the number of ITA projects decreased to 390 with an increase cost up to $ 5.3 billion dollars. This assistance was not aimed at strategic directions of development of our country. Moreover, the effectiveness of the implementation of projects and the effectiveness of the use of aid by state structures were not evaluated.