US urges Ukraine to create anti-corruption court in accordance with IMF requirements

The United States has called on Ukraine to create an anti-corruption court that meets the requirements of the International Monetary Fund.

US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert noted this in a statement released on June 5.

"The United States calls on the government of Ukraine to implement deep, comprehensive, and timely reforms that reflect the demands the people of Ukraine made during the Revolution of Dignity: an end to systemic corruption, faster economic growth, and a European future for all Ukrainians," the statement says.

The State Department notes that the creation of a truly independent anti-corruption court is an important step for the government to “roll back corruption that continues to threaten Ukraine’s national security, prosperity, and democratic development."

"The United States fully supports the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which will determine whether a new law establishing the court is consistent with Ukraine’s commitments under its IMF program. We agree with the IMF that any legislation establishing an anti-corruption court must include a central role for a council of international experts to ensure the selection of qualified judges," the statement continues.

It also notes that the “legislation establishing the court must satisfy the IMF, which provides essential financial support to the Ukrainian government."

"We, therefore, encourage the Ukrainian government to discuss relevant legislative proposals directly with the IMF and to pass a bill that meets IMF requirements. The anti-corruption court has important work to do on behalf of the people of Ukraine," the statement concluded.

  IMF, anti-corruption court, USA