A call to U.S. President Biden to investigate Ukrainian Presidential Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak’s possible ties to Russia is “an undisguised narrative of Russian propaganda,” Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko said in Facebook post, on July 9.
While acknowledging the help the United States has provided to Ukraine, Nikolenko said U.S. Congresswoman Victoria Spartz’ appeal to Biden bore all the hallmarks of classic narratives of Russian propaganda.
“It is difficult to overestimate the political, military, and financial assistance that (the U.S.) Congress and the administration of President Joseph Biden have provided to our nation during four months of full scale-war,” Nikolenko wrote.
“Against this background of widespread support, the recent actions and statements of the member of the U.S. Congress, Victoria Spartz, stand out. They are an undisguised attempt to return to American politics the classic narratives of Russian propaganda about alleged connections between the leadership of Ukraine and Russia, and to involve our state in the domestic politics of the United States.”
Nikolenko said the congresswoman’s call for an investigation hadn’t been made in good faith.
“We advise Spartz to abandon attempts to earn additional political capital for herself on baseless speculations around the topic of war in our country and the grief of Ukrainians,” Nikolenko said.
“The manipulations about Ukraine and its leadership by a congresswomen of Ukrainian origin are particularly cynical.”
Earlier on July 9, U.S. Congresswoman Victoria Spartz posted a letter on her site calling on U.S.President Joe Biden to conduct and investigation into an advisor to the President’s office, Andriy Yermak, for potential ties with Russia.
“Based on a variety of intelligence, actions taken by Mr. Yermak in Ukraine and his alleged dealings in connection with Russia, Congress needs to obtain this information urgently to confirm or deny various serious allegations,” says the message on Spartz’s site.
Spartz has been a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2021. She was an Indiana state senator from 2017-2021.
Spartz (maiden name Kulheiko) is the first member of the US Congress born in Ukraine. She was born in Nosivka, Chernihiv Oblast, in 1978. She graduated from Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman, and emigrated to the United States in 2000.