UK expresses concern over undermining of fight against corruption in Ukraine
The activities of anti-corruption bodies in Ukraine are under threat in the light of recent developments around the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), a statement of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom reads.
"Following recent events which appear to threaten the activities of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the UK has growing concerns that Ukraine's fight against corruption is being undermined," the statement posted on the website of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom, reads.
The Britain's Foreign Office notes that the "National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), in which the UK has invested significant resource, is a critical piece of the anti-corruption machinery in Ukraine, and has made great strides in its development and its investigations, the ministry's secretary said.
"The UK has growing concerns that Ukraine’s fight against corruption is being undermined. Corruption remains a major threat to Ukraine's stability and national security and is cited by Ukraine's electorate as the number one issue facing the country. The fight against it is fundamental to Ukraine’s European choice and its aspiration to become a modern, prosperous and democratic state," the statement says.