7 October 2019, 12:45



Zelensky must benefit from Volker's departure, provide special status to Donbass - expert

The resignation of the U.S. special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker paves the way for Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensky to settle the issue of Donbass autonomy, Russian political scientist and director of the Center for Current Politics Alexey Chesnakov told Russian news agency TASS.

"What does Volker's departure mean for Ukraine? New opportunities emerge. After the resignation of such a "Ukraine defender" and the accompanying scandal, the pressure on Zelensky might be eased. He should snatch the opportunity to provide Donbass with autonomy," he said.

Chesnakov said that Volker has been lobbying the interests of American business in Ukraine.

"He was too harsh with it while his position was dual: at the same time he was a State Department representative and a senior international counsellor in a lobbying company, which was officially in charge of Ukraine, BGR Group.

"We do not investigate it on our own, we use open sources in the US," Chesnakov said speaking about Volker's part in Javelin system shipments to Ukraine. "Publications in a respected Politico revealed a strong relationship between The McCain Institute, BGR Group and Raytheon that shipped Javelins with Volker's assistance. Another proof is his active participation in the Atlantic Council that has a contract with Burisma. Let the Americans decide. Maybe this is not corruption, but a conflict of interest. But this is definitely foul play and it stinks," Chesnakov said.

Volker worked in a volunteer capacity as the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine until his resignation on September 27, 2019.

LuganskMediaCentre — 07 October — Lugansk