|Victor Yanukovich, Ukrainian President|
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Ukrainian oppositional leader and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, currently imprisoned, will be possibly able to travel abroad for the medical treatment, as Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich expressed his readiness to resolve quickly the conflict with EU over Mrs. Tymoshenko’s imprisonment. Once the decision will be taken Yulia Tymoshenko will be able to arrive in Berlin’s Charité clinic for the treatment.
There is a possible way to resolve the conflict between EU and Ukraine on the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko’s case, as Mr. Yunukovich stated on Friday, 11 October, during his meeting with several EU leaders and representatives that his country is ready to take decision in order to resolve “this painful and sensitive issue”, according to Russian media agency Interfax.
“I hope that we will find the common solution of this problem in the nearest future”, stated Ukrainian President during his official meeting with Czech EU-Commissar Stefan Füle. He didn’t specified though how exactly this issue will be treated. But it is possible that the decision will be taken during the Summit between Ukraine and EU on 28-29 November 2013, which could result in the possibility of the signing of the Association Agreement with Ukraine if all the requirements stated by EU will be fulfilled.
The issue of Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment was also discussed during the meeting between Victor Yanukovich and Guido Westerwelle, German Minister of Foreign Affairs.
|Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister|
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During the November Summit EU members are expected to take a decision regarding the further cooperation with Ukraine and signing of the Association Agreement which will make relationships between Ukraine and EU countries closer and will develop their cooperation. But there are still many obstacles on this path such as lack of democratic freedoms and rights of the citizens and problems in the judicial system. EU is deeply concerned over the selective justice and imperfect judicial system in the country which allows politically motivated cases and imprisonments, such as the case of Yulia Tymoshenko and many other oppositional leaders, like recently released ex-Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko.
The issue of the Association Agreement is very important for Victor Yanukovich and the current authorities as it could make the position of Ukraine more independent from its Northern neighbor Russia and could help the development of Ukrainian economical and social situation on the way to the European Community.
But the situation with the signing of the Agreement remains difficult until the case of the imprisoned Yulia Tymoshenko will not be resolved, so the position of the European leaders.
Yulia Tymoshenko, ex-Prime Minister and charismatic and influential oppositional leader is in detention since two years. European leaders see it as politically motivated case and demand this problem to be resolved in order to continue the cooperation with Ukraine on the path to EU.
It’s worth mentioning that Ukrainian President has recently dismissed the Prosecutor General Deputy who was the main person in the prosecution of Yulia Tymoshenko. At the same time European politicians sent the petition to Ukrainian government calling for the solution of the Mrs. Tymoshenko’s case. In addition to that Ukrainian authorities declared they will consider the possibility of Yulia Tymoshenko’s treatment in Germany.