Victoria Sparta refuses to withhold ‘belligerent’ comments
A Ukrainian-American lawmaker’s relentless criticism of authorities in Kyiv, including President Vladimir Zelensky, has frustrated many officials in Washington, CNN reported on Friday, adding that the White House even called a meeting special information to respond to his claims.
Victoria Spartz, a Republican U.S. Representative from the state of Indiana and the first and only Ukrainian-born congresswoman, has repeatedly criticized the Kyiv government amid its ongoing conflict with Russia. Although she has said she wants Ukraine to win and, in her account, has visited the country six times since the outbreak of hostilities in late February, many of her colleagues on both sides of the ‘gone weary of her’belligerent rhetoric“, says the report.
Sparta was particularly vocal about corruption in Ukraine. Lawmakers and U.S. officials, however, fear his strikes at kyiv could undermine both Zelensky’s public image and U.S.-Ukrainian relations, while making it harder to approve new aid programs.
“We all talked to him,a Republican lawmaker told the outlet.It pisses people off. ‘Cause it hurts cause.”
“I think there is an open question as to why she says so openly something that is so clearly aligned with Russian talking points“, Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin told CNN, adding that Sparta’s Ukrainian origins lend a lot of weight to her comments.
According to the report, the Biden administration also intervened. After the congresswoman requested a briefing on Ukraine, National Security Council and State Department officials provided one to her, according to the media sources. During the nearly two-hour meeting, White House officials reportedly discussed his allegations of improper behavior in the Ukrainian government, either refuting them or arguing that there was not enough evidence. information to back them up.
Spartz also reportedly met with US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley to address corruption in Ukraine, as well as his concerns that US-supplied weapons could end up in the wrong hands. The top US military commander did not dismiss his reservations out of hand, according to CNN, as Washington has long urged kyiv to do more to fight corruption.
In a broader context, however, Milley allegedly told Spartz that his concerns”were overworked.”
However, the meeting with the American general apparently did nothing to dispel Spartz’s apprehensions, as a few days later she continued her attacks on one of Zelensky’s top aides, bringing accusations of “to create a dictatorship per se under the disguise of the ongoing war.”
Ukrainian officials are also not happy with the MP, with Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko saying in early July that Spartz had tried to bring “Russian propagandain American politics. His comments came in response to the lawmaker’s open letter to US President Joe Biden which expressed doubts about the reliability of President Vladimir Zelensky’s chief of staff and called for a mechanism to track military assistance provided to Kyiv.
“We advise Mrs. Spartz to stop trying to gain additional political capital on baseless speculations around the subject of the war in our country and the grief of Ukrainians. Manipulation of Ukraine and its leaders by Ukrainian MP is particularly cynical,” Nikolenko said at the time.