|Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister|
Ukrainian Head of National Security and Defense Council Andrey Klyuev has recently visited Brussels in order to meet with several European leaders in attempt to discuss some questions regarding the cooperation between Ukraine and European Union and the upcoming possible signing of the Association Agreement. Though one of the main issues of the meeting was the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister, currently imprisoned. EU representatives and Mr. Klyuev have been discussing the case of Mrs. Tymoshenko and the possible way of resolving this problem, according to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andrey Olefirov.
Mr. Olefirov has also mentioned that there is a special mechanism of the negotiations existing in the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko. In particular those mechanisms include the visits to Ukraine of the ex-Presidents Aleksander Kwaśnewski and Patrick Cox.
The negotiations are ongoing and this problem should be resolved with the help of the coordination and dialogue between the Ukrainian and European leaders, added Mr. Olefirov.
The visit of Mr. Kwaśnewski and Mr. Cox to the latest Yalta forum was dedicated to discussion of this issue too, according to the Deputy of Minister of Foreign Affairs.
We would remind here that the issue of Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and her imprisonment are among the main obstacles of Ukrainian association with EU as this situation signalizes for European countries Ukrainian judicial system has some serious problems to be resolved and the political oppression and selective justice should be eliminated. EU and USA leaders have been demanding release of Yulia Tymoshenko as her case considered being the sign of serious problems with democracy and human rights in Ukraine.