Tymoshenko case key issue at Eastern Partnership summit

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Sept. 28, 2011, 2:56 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Brussels - The Yulia Tymoshenko case has become a topic most frequently mentioned by members of the European Parliament during the discussion of the forthcoming Eastern Partnership summit due to be held in Warsaw in a few days. Almost all speakers cited Ukraine in one way or another in relation to the Tymoshenko case, pointing to the presence of democracy in this country as a prerequisite for its future relations with the EU.

It is important for the EU to use all existing tools - the Association Agreement, the world's biggest economy (the EU economy), visa liberalization, while at the same time clearly setting out the conditions, which must be met if you want closer cooperation, said Gunnar Hokmark.

For his part, Elmar Brok (the European People's Party - European Democrats faction) demanded that Ukraine explain the prosecutor's request to sentence Tymoshenko to seven years.

"If we receive no explanations before Friday, then I would like to know how we are going to react to this, because I think that we need to seek progress with regard to the free trade zone. This is also in our interests because we want to sign it. But we must also make it clear that a country with EU prospects must have at least democracy and the rule of law," he said.
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Anonymous Sept. 28, 2011, 3:04 p.m.    

There is rule of law in Ukraine..will Yanuconvict.....say...thats why Timoshenko goes to prison.....( and to be safe I'll will be re-elected as democratic and humble President)

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Anonymous Sept. 28, 2011, 6:37 p.m.    

Show the criminal dictator who he really is. Either he follows a democratic path,or condenm and punish him!

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Anonymous Sept. 28, 2011, 7:08 p.m.    

The lack of tactful diplomacy coming Yanukovych towards the leaders of the EU is shameful and embarrassing for Ukraine. The purpose of delaying the trial of Tymoshenko was not because it was for her own interest but it was in the Tyrant's best interest since he was going to be at the UN. He could not afford an embarrassing event to unfold at the UN if Tymoshenko was convicted and sentence to prison. Now he is doing the same in regards to the Eastern Partnership summit, which will be taking place in Brussels and shows a complete disrespect for the EU leadership. It is very evident that Yanukovych pulls the strings of the prosecutors and the judge in the Tymoshenko kangaroo case. He has a fear of Tymoshenko which causes him to react in accordance with stupidity and ignorance. He feels so strongly that Tymoshenko posses a legitimate threat to his power and he it is going to do whatever it takes to keep her out of the elections. He has put his interest ahead of the nation's interest by refusing to listen to the condmnation coming from the international community in regards to his political ambition of power and greed. He was determined from the very on set to find something against Tymoshenko, no matter if it was a trump up charge. The control of power by Yanukovych and the Party of Rats of the institution of justice and law is a threat to civil law and the Ukrainian constitution. His determination not to follow the rule of law is not in line with EU standards or norms. The court system has to be open, fair, and transparent in order to ensure that abuses of power do not take place as they are at this moment in Ukrainian history by a Tyrant. The EU needs to understand that democratic values and the rule of law far out weight signing any document in regards to the free trade zone.

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