George Kent, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Charge d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine, said that banning businessman Ihor Kolomoisky from entering the United States is only the first step that was within the purview of the State Department.
"There are other options—I'm talking about the Ministry of Finance. That is, this is not the end of this story," the diplomat explained in an interview with Radio Svoboda.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice have their own capabilities. "Last year it became known that there was a case against Kolomoisky. And we'll see how it ends. But we know this is problematic. If something was against the law in our country, this is our business, and if he did the same here, in Ukraine, this is your business," Kent said.
He recalled that the Ukrainian former Prime Minister (1996-1997) Pavlo Lazarenko served 10 years in the United States, and businessman Dmytro Firtash is now in Austria under the threat of extradition to the United States.
Context. Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced sanctions against businessman and former Ukrainian statesman Ihor Kolomoisky in connection with his involvement in major corruption. He and his immediate family are banned from entering the United States.
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