In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, also said U.S. concern about Ukraine’s adherence to World Trade Organization commitments is unfounded.
Gryshchenko was in Washington for a conference organized by a Ukrainian-American group. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sharply criticized Ukraine in a broad speech about U.S. relations with Europe. She called October’s parliamentary elections, which were deemed unfair by Western observers, a step backward for democracy. She said the U.S. was deeply concerned about Ukrainian prosecution of opponents.
The U.S., as well as European countries, have been particular critical of the prosecution of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was jailed last year on charges of abusing her office.