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U.S. State Department may abolish post of Special Envoy to Ukraine

It is expected that all authorities will be passed to other officials of the State Department whose portfolio includes Ukraine’s issues
17:30, 8 November 2019

U.S. State Department Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker
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The U.S. State Department may liquidate the position of the special representative to Ukraine earlier occupied by Kurt Volker as Foreign Policy reported.

It is expected that all authorities will be passed to other officials of the State Department whose portfolio includes Ukraine’s issues.

“The demise of the special envoy post, which was part-time and unpaid, is one of the first tangible signs that fallout from the impeachment probe has left a lasting impact on U.S. policy toward Ukraine, now at the center of the brewing political battle over Trump’s presidency,” the agency wrote.

Current and former American officials stated that the position of Volker would be liquidated probably, most of all because it will be difficult for the U.S. administration to find someone for this role considering how threatening the work over Ukraine’s policy became.

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One of the unnamed officials said that the State Department “would have difficulty finding someone … to touch (the job) with a 10-foot pole”.

“Nobody in their right mind would want to step into this particular spotlight. This is clearly an issue where the scrutiny of the entire world would be upon you. And you have leadership at the State Department that has shown its unwillingness to stand up for its people in even the most basic ways,” the former U.S. official said.

The agency reported that the State Department did answer the request for comment on this issue.

In October 2019, Kurt Volker testified due to the scandal that appeared after the complaint of informant against Trump. He provided testimony before the committees of intelligence, oversight and reforms and foreign affairs behind closed doors.

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He reported to the investigators that he warned personal Trump’s lawyer Rudolph Giuliani about the probability of disinformation from Ukrainian politicians toward ex-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

U.S. Department of State Special Representative in Ukraine's Affairs as he became the key figure in the scandal surrounding the whistleblower complaint concerning relating to Trump's call to Ukraine on July 25 during which Trump put pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. 

 

 

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