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No full certainty on how Kiev government used vast funds allocated by US — senator

Ukraine is historically considered the third most corrupt country in Europe, Senator Bill Hagerty said

WASHINGTON, November 30. /TASS/. The US authorities have allocated vast funds to help Ukraine but have no precise information on how the money was used, Senator Bill Hagerty (Republican, Tennessee) said during a hearing of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

The hearing was devoted to nominations to a number of posts. One of the speakers was Richard Weiner, nominated to be United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Speaking about the bank’s potential effort to raise funds for rebuilding Ukraine, Weiner said: "Oversight is critical, accountability is critical, transparency is critical."

"We’ve got to make sure the money is spent for its intended uses. Ukraine is historically considered the third most corrupt country in Europe. And we’ve got to make sure that high integrity standards are applied to American taxpayers’ dollars spent in support of Ukraine," he added.

In response, Senator Hagerty said that this issue causes "a great deal of concern, given the amount of taxpayer money that the United States government has already committed and the lack of clarity that we have at this point in terms of where those funds are directed."

Meanwhile, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, who also took part in the debate, also pointed at the importance of accountability while allocating funds for Ukraine.

"I think we will be more and more focused on that as time goes on," the senator added.