Geoffrey R. Pyatt

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Geoffrey Pyatt
Official portrait, 2013
Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources
Assumed office
September 19, 2022
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byFrancis R. Fannon
United States Ambassador to Greece
In office
October 24, 2016 – May 10, 2022
Preceded byDavid Pearce
Succeeded byGeorge J. Tsunis
8th United States Ambassador to Ukraine
In office
July 30, 2013 – August 18, 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJohn Tefft
Succeeded byMarie Yovanovitch
Personal details
Geoffrey Ross Pyatt

1963 (age 59–60)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Irvine
Yale University

Geoffrey Ross Pyatt (born November 16, 1963)[1] is a United States diplomat serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources. He was previously United States Ambassador to Greece and Ukraine. Pyatt's career in the U.S. State Department has led to posts in Asia, Europe, and Central America.

Early life and education[edit]

Pyatt was born in La Jolla, a suburb of San Diego, California,[1] the son of Kedar “Bud” Pyatt, and Mary Mackenzie.[2] He received a bachelor's degree in political studies in 1985 at the University of California, Irvine, and a master's degree in international relations at Yale University in 1987.[1][3]


Pyatt started his diplomatic career in Honduras from 1990 until 1992 as vice-consul and economic officer in Tegucigalpa. He was deputy chief of diplomatic mission in India in 2006 and 2007. After that he worked as deputy chief of U.S. mission to International Atomic Energy Agency and other international organizations in Vienna. Pyatt served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs from May 2010 until July 2013.[4]

Pyatt took the Oath of Office of United States Ambassador to Ukraine on July 30, 2013 in the Harry S Truman Building of the US State Department in Washington, D.C. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych accepted Pyatt's credentials on August 15, 2013.[4] After his appointment, Pyatt started actively studying the Ukrainian language. On October 15, 2013 Pyatt attended an international conference on fighting anti-Semitism in Kyiv, but could not address the audience at the event due to the United States federal government shutdown of 2013.[5]

Pyatt became part of a diplomatic scandal in January 2014, when his conversation with the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, Victoria Nuland, was apparently intercepted and uploaded to YouTube. The conversation included Nuland saying "Fuck the EU", which were harshly criticized by the President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy and by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.[6][7][8] Pyatt and Nuland also discussed who they thought should be included in or excluded from Ukraine's new post-Maidan government and possible ways to influence the unfolding political process within Ukraine, specifically mentioning that then-Vice President Joe Biden would be helpful in that regard. Pyatt was dismissive of Vitali Klitschko. saying "let him stay out and do his political homework and stuff I'm just thinking in terms of sort of the process moving ahead we want to keep the moderate democrats together". He further said "we want to try to get somebody with an international personality to come out here and help to midwife this thing".[9] This led to speculation in Russia and in the United States that the U.S. Government was interfering with Ukraine's sovereignty.[10][11][12]

Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt greet Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko before he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Warsaw, Poland, on June 4, 2014

Pyatt supported the 2014 Ukrainian revolution against Ukraine's President Victor Yanukovych.[6][13] Pyatt characterised pro-Russian separatist rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk as "terrorists".[14]

On September 25, 2015, during his speech at Odesa Financial Forum, Pyatt criticized Ukrainian Prosecutor's office.[citation needed]

On May 19, 2016, he was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve as United States Ambassador to Greece. He was replaced by Marie L. Yovanovitch in Ukraine.[15] He was confirmed as the Ambassador to Greece on July 14, 2016. He was sworn in September 2016. He presented his credentials on October 24, 2016. He served in the post for 5 years until his resignation in 2022.[citation needed]

On April 22, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Pyatt to the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources.[16] The Senate confirmed his nomination on September 15, 2022, and he was sworn in on September 19.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Pyatt speaks Spanish.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Welcome, Mr. Pyatt!", Den, 5 August 2013.
  2. ^ Papadopoulos, Pavlos. "Geoffrey Pyatt: 'For me, coming to Greece was like coming home' |". Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  3. ^ Biography, U.S. State Department
  4. ^ a b "Yanukovych accepts credentials from new US ambassador, discusses with him Ukrainian-US relations", Interfax-Ukraine (15 August 2013)
  5. ^ "Ambassador Pyatt decides not to speak at public events in Kyiv due to US government shutdown", Interfax-Ukraine, 15 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Ukraine crisis: Leaked phone call embarrasses US". BBC News. February 6, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  7. ^ Re Post (February 4, 2014). "Марионетки Майдана" [Puppets (in the) Public Square]. YouTube. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  8. ^ "Ukraine crisis: Transcript of leaked Nuland-Pyatt call". BBC News. February 7, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  9. ^ Murphy, Dan (Feb 6, 2014). "Amid US-Russia tussle over Ukraine, a leaked tape of Victoria Nuland". The Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on Nov 5, 2022. Retrieved Dec 26, 2022.
  10. ^ "Top U.S. diplomat Victoria Nuland, Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt caught out in private chat leaked online". CBS News. Feb 7, 2014. Archived from the original on Nov 8, 2022. Retrieved Dec 26, 2022.
  11. ^ Gearan, Anne (Feb 6, 2014). "In recording of U.S. diplomat, blunt talk on Ukraine". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on Jan 26, 2022. Retrieved Dec 26, 2022.
  12. ^ Carpenter, Ted (Aug 6, 2017). "America's Ukraine Hypocrisy". Cato Institute. Archived from the original on Sep 12, 2022. Retrieved Dec 26, 2022.
  13. ^ "Ukraine’s parliament votes to oust president; former prime minister is freed from prison". The Washington Post. February 22, 2014.
  14. ^ Voice of America, Q&A with US Amb. Geoffrey Pyatt: Ukraine Crisis Escalates as War Fears Grow, 14 April 2014.
  15. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts" (Press release). White House Press Office. May 19, 2016.
  16. ^ "President Biden Announces Key Nominees". April 22, 2022. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  17. ^ "Geoffrey R. Pyatt". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  18. ^ "Pyatt Geoffrey - Greece - May 2016". US Department of State.

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