The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation cooperates with the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) within the limits defined by the Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2016. This is stated by FBI in response to Voice of America news agency inquiry.
"In June 2016, the FBI and NABU adopted a Memorandum of Understanding, which allows the FBI to assist NABU and the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) in the investigation .The FBI adheres to the laws of Ukraine and never works outside a certain Memorandum of Understanding, "the FBI said in a statement.
The FBI also notes that their officers work in the NABU on a temporary, rotational basis in order to support the relations between the parties.
"These special agents and analysts are not operational, any statements about the opposite are false," the FBI said.
In addition, the agency notes that the eradication of corruption is a priority for the FBI and they are constantly working with their partners in law enforcement agencies around the world to investigate corruption and provide assistance when they are asked to.
Later, the FBI added that "In the fight against corruption, all law enforcement agencies should work together."
As it was reported earlier the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine performed an illegal act when it asked for the FBI assistance while searching the State Migration Service office. Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General said that in his interview.
Previously, Head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau Artem Sytnyk reported that the FBI helped them investigate the cases of corruption in the State Migration Service and illegal production of amber.
‘Artem Sytnyk said it was a joint operation of the NABU and the FBI. If that’s true, I have a question – who actually let the foreign special service act in Ukraine? As far as I know, the FBI agents arrived in Ukraine to help investigate the murder of Pavlo Sheremet. But without respective legal procedures, the whole operation is illegal,’ Lutsenko said.