US Department of State employees avoided personal meetings with the leader of the Ukrainian Fatherland party, Yulia Tymoshenko, because they considered her a pro-Russian politician. This is stated in the book “The Room Where It Happened: Memories of the White House” of the former adviser to the President of the United States on national security John Bolton, reports Strana.ua.
Bolton described his visit to Kiev during the last presidential election in Ukraine. So, in 2018, the politician organized a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian authorities and the opposition. Bolton talked with leaders of parliamentary factions, including Tymoshenko. However, they decided not to arrange a personal meeting with the leader of the “Fatherland”, because the State Department believed that it was close to Russia.
Moreover, at that time, Tymoshenko was considered the most likely candidate for president in the event of a defeat in the election of Petro Poroshenko, notes Strana.ua.
Earlier it was reported that in his book, Bolton spoke about the position of US President Donald Trump regarding the prevention of World War III. According to the American leader, the Ukrainian leader sympathizing with Russia would be useful in this sense.
Trump fired Bolton in September 2019. The American leader explained this by serious mistakes made by the adviser. After that, he wrote memoirs, fragments of which aroused criticism of Washington. The US president called the book a collection of lies, and the US government intends to sue the author in order to deprive him of the proceeds of the sale – he is accused of revealing a huge amount of classified information.