An Ally of John McCain May Become Kurt Volker’s Replacement in Ukraine

Washington is considering Michael Kostiw’s candidacy for the position of special representative of the US – instead of the recalled Kurt Volker. This was reported by “” with reference to sources

The 72-year-old Michael Kostiw spent ten years working for the CIA, during which he left at the beginning of the 80’s after a scandal. At the end of 1981 he was caught stealing a pack of bacon worth $2.13 from a supermarket. He reported about this incident to the administration and was sent on administrative leave. In 1982, after Kostiw resigned, the charges were dropped. However, this incident didn’t prevent him from becoming an adviser to the director of the CIA in 2004-2006.

After his resignation from the CIA, Kostiw worked for about 20 years in one of the world’s largest oil and gas corporations – Chevron, and in 2001-2003 he held the position of the Vice President of Global Government Relations.

From 2006 to 2011 Kostiw was the director of the Republican Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, which was headed by the Republican senator John McCain. According to informed interlocutors, Kostiw drew McCain’s attention to the Ukrainian issue. By the way, Volker also worked with McCain at his “Institute”.

From 2011 to this day Kostiw has held the position of the vice president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). And since January 2017 he is also the adviser to the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates.

Besides Ukrainian, Kostiw knows Russian, Spanish, Italian, and Polish.

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