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French Foreign Ministry: Persecution of Tymoshenko damaging Ukraine-EU relations

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Aug. 30, 2012, 4:40 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Judges read the verdict on Ukraine's former Prime Ministert Yulia Tymoshenko's appeal at Ukraine's High Specialized Court on Civil and Criminal Cases in Kiev, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
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The Foreign Ministry of France has said it is disappointed by the Higher Economic Court's decision to uphold the conviction of Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and that selective justice and non-compliance with the principles of the rule of law may damage Ukraine's further relations with the EU.

"France deeply regrets the rejection by the court of a cassation appeal by the former prime minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko. We reiterate our concern about the development of the political situation in Ukraine, and urge the Ukrainian authorities to honor their commitments to respect fundamental rights and freedoms. Selective justice and non-compliance with the principles of the rule of law in Ukraine may damage further relations with the European Union, including the signing of the EU-Ukraine association agreement," reads a statement of the Foreign Ministry posted on its official Web site.

As reported, the Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases refused on August 29 to satisfy an appeal by Tymoshenko against her seven-year imprisonment sentence in the case on the abuse of power during the talks on the gas supply contracts with Russia in 2009.

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Harry Yellando Aug. 30, 2012, 4:41 p.m.    

Yet again, even France do not understand, !!! Yanko DO NOT WANT THE EU intergration....he is happy as things are.....when will the E U see this....ignorant interfeerence......thats all to YANKO.

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rcd1 Aug. 30, 2012, 5:57 p.m.    

Yes, all the EU. (and U.S. as well) have done is stalled out with useless empty talk and every word emphasing disappointment that can be spoken. All Yani and his cronies are concerned with is sitting on the fense and playing the game of cat n mouse with the West and Russia and reaping the personal finacial & political power harvests of it all. Yanu nor his cronies has never ever been serious about anything except gaining as much power and money as he can amass. Only the Ukrainian people can really put a stop to this madness but they continue to accept and allow this mess. The elections in the fall will really put a true perspective of where the Ukrainian people and Ukraine as a nation are at. It will be quite interesting to see!

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 30, 2012, 7:58 p.m.    

Valeriy Khoroshkosky has once again been imploring the IMF to release billions of dollars to the current Ukrainian Administration. It is almost certain that these pleas for financial aid from Yanukovych's mafia will fall on deaf ears. This is just another reason why it is imperative for the people of Ukraine to flush the Party of Reprobates down the sewer and lock the lid.

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mark tim Sept. 1, 2012, 2:03 a.m.    

Reprobates...I like that one and it is so true. I wonder what the payed POR writers will put in response to this ?

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 4, 2012, 5:18 p.m.    

Yanukovich = Tymoshenko both have been XXXed their own country. I still do not see any political & business leadership in our country that simply LOVES Ukraine and its people.

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 4, 2012, 5:18 p.m.    

Yanukovich = Tymoshenko both have been XXXed their own country. I still do not see any political & business leadership in our country that simply LOVES Ukraine and its people.

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