Charge d’affaires of the USA in Ukraine William Taylor to leave Kiev on 2 January. This was reported by broadcaster NBC, citing a source knowledgeable about the plans of an American diplomat.
According to the broadcaster, Taylor’s departure from Kiev was expected because he was one of the key witnesses that could shed light on the circumstances of the telephone conversation trump and Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky, affecting including the investigation of former Vice-President of the United States Joseph Biden and his son hunter. Taylor, testified on the case concerning the impeachment of trump, has been criticized by the President of the United States.
At the same time, previously it was not clear as to whether leave Taylor until the scheduled January visit to Ukraine by U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo and who may replace him as head of the us diplomatic mission in Kiev. Now it is reported that Taylor needs to leave the post on 2 January, to visit Pompeo on Ukraine. As noted by the Washington Post, the place attorney temporarily take his current Deputy Kristina Kvien.
Concern with the upcoming departure of the American diplomat from Kiev expressed member of the Senate foreign relations Committee Bob Menendez, wrote a letter to the Secretary of state Michael Pompeo. According to him, the opinion of a diplomat on the eve of Kerry’s visit to Kiev “is extremely unusual and maybe unprecedented.” The post of US Ambassador to Kiev, vacant since may 2019, after the resignation of Marie Yovanovitch.
NBC won’t name names of candidates for the vacant post. Edition “Strenia” citing the words of former MP Serhiy Leshchenko says that the probable contender for the post of U.S. envoy can be Keith Dayton, the head of the European centre name of Marshall security. This writes the American edition of Politico, calling the name of another candidate for the post as acting assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker.