She noted that although they were asked to influence the NABU in one way or another, the embassy didn’t do that, as their institutions don’t operate in that way. She said that pressure was not an option and if it were applied, the mere existence of such an anti-corruption body would be put in doubt.
Marie Yovanovitch added that the U.S. provided the NABU with resources for training their employees and the embassy cooperated with the NABU and Special Anti-corruption Prosecution (SAP) only on providing technical aid.
U.S. Ambassador also commented on the information published by the media, according to which, in a closed meeting of G7 and heads of NABU and SAP, the latter were allegedly criticized.
Ambassador Yovanovitch refuted this information, saying that the meeting was a reiteration of support towards these institutions, and the information must have been misrepresented.