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G7 envoys call on anti-graft chiefs to show greater restraint

Ambassadors advice Sytnyk and Kholodnitsky to stay away from politics.

The ambassadors of the G7 countries to Ukraine at a closed-door meeting with the director of the National Anticorruption Bureau (NABU) Artem Sytnyk and Special Anticorruption Prosecutors' Office (SAP) head Nazar Kholodnitsky stressed that law-enforcers should stay away from politics.

TSN news service said citing a source that Kholodnitsky in general terms brifed diplomats about open investigations and problems in the work of anti-corruption agncies.

Sytnyk complained about the obstacles that NABU is facing because of fear of criminal prosecution of politicians.

Meanwhile, the UK Ambassador to Kyiv Judith Gough criticized Artem Sytnyk for an excessive PR in the work of NABU. "We need more professionalism on your part and less PR, especially on television," Gough said, according to an LB.ua source.

The EU Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli supported Gough by saying that anti-corruption bodies "should work in a more restrained manner."

German Ambassador to Ukraine Ernst Reichel said he believed that both NABU and PGO share equal responsibility for the flaring conflict.

US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch did not interfere in the conversation and only nodded her head.

The LB.ua source said that some ambassadors wanted to invite Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko to this meeting but this idea was abandoned, particularly, because a number of other diplomats opposed.

Late on 7 December, Interior Minister, Arsen Avakov, ex-prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Speaker Andriy Parubiy discussed the standoff of law enforcers with US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

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