U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said in Kyiv Wednesday that she was encouraged by Ukraine’s commitment to reforms but stressed that steps must be taken to counter corruption.
“Overall, I go home encouraged by the commitment of all the political forces to continuing and accelerating reform, economic reform, anti-corruption reform, in particular judicial reform… It’s time to start locking up people who have ripped off the Ukrainian population for too long and it is time to eradicate the cancer of corruption,” she said.
Nuland called for greater political unity, saying Ukraine must “stay the course” with a $17.5 billion bailout program from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a $1.7 billion third installment of which has been delayed since last October.
A third $1 billion loan guarantee is in the offing from the U.S., she said, but it all depends on the government adhering to the terms of the IMF program.
Nuland also indicated that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry intends to visit Ukraine this spring. READ MORE OF THIS STORY