U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John F. Tefft, meanwhile, confirmed that Kuzmin’s visa had been cancelled “but there were no plans to arrest him.” Tefft, speaking to reporters, would not disclose the reasons for the visa cancellation, but said those reasons were explained to Kuzmin at the time.
correspondence to Obama comes only two months after Kuzmin wrote an Oct. 3 open
letter to the U.S. Congress, in which he complained about a Sept. 22 unanimous
U.S. Senate resolution that threatens sanctions and visa bans against Ukrainian
officials responsible for the imprisonment of ex-Prime Minister Yulia
Tymoshenko and other incidents that the West regards as human right violations.
Jim Slattery, a former U.S. congressman who features in Kuzmin’s letter as one of the alleged participants of a plot against him, said he was surprized with Kuzmin’s actions. He said it’s unusual for such a “minor official” to address a US president directly in a letter, without going through the usual diplomatic formalities.