European People’s Party: 'Tymoshenko arrest brings Ukraine one step closer to Soviet-style authoritarianism'
“I call on Viktor Yanukovych to put an immediate end to this sham – Europe's patience has reached its limit,” President Martens added.
The Batkivshchyna party of Tymoshenko, a two-time prime minister, is an observer member party of the European People’s Party, the largest and most influential cross-border European political party. The centre right party currently includes 75 member-parties from 39 countries, the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council, and European Parliament, 17 EU and 6 non-EU heads of state and government, 13 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament, according to the statement.
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