Expert: Court ruling on Tymoshenko's appeal to affect Kyiv - Brussels relations

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Aug. 29, 2012, 4:49 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Ukrainian court's ruling has confirmed the existing thesis that official Kyiv prefers to look unbending and consistent inside the country, rather than to follow the European standards.
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The ruling of the Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine to uphold the seven-year sentence given to former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko in the gas case will further affect the relations between Kyiv and Brussels which are already strained, Olga Shumylo-Tapiola an expert at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, has said.

In an interview with Interfax-Ukraine in Brussels on Wednesday, she said: "Brussels could not and was not going to influence the decision of the Ukrainian court. However, it hoped that that politically motivated cases - and that is how they are seen in the capitals of the EU - against Tymoshenko and her associates will be dropped."

According to the expert, the Ukrainian court's ruling has confirmed the existing thesis that official Kyiv prefers to look unbending and consistent inside the country, rather than to follow the European standards.

"Today it is difficult to say how much the situation will worsen, as Tymoshenko's case is one of the three conditions for the restoration of relations between the parties," she added.

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Harry Yellando Aug. 29, 2012, 6:11 p.m.    

The EU can NOT worry Yanko....he and Putin already have agreed the C I S
intergration is the way Ukraine will go.....why do the EU believe Yankos lies and deception...or are they dead from the neck up ?????????????????
he do not want chane from the soviet pass and the peopel will vote for his band of mafia in October.......Ukraine is Russia,,,end of story folks.....

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 29, 2012, 7:19 p.m.    

Of course all developments in Ukraine will effect US EU relationships. the application of rule of law is a fundamental business premiss. But it must follow due process. t would be wrong for the head of state to intervene at this stage. even if he did the options would be limited.

The best outcome for Tymoshenko right now is to appeal to the ECHR and hopefully secure a positive outcome. The decision of the ECHR would provide justification and authority for presidential intervention. BUt given the event stargaze past this is not going to be an easy oath. Ukraine would need to realise that if t fails to act in accordance with a ruling of the European court there would be significant economic and meter national consequence. money talks loudest. Freezing of bank accounts and investments of government officials would hasten focus and action to resolve this issue. as to Yanukovych his presidency has been tainted by te events surrounding The imprisonment of Opposition members. it is unlikely he could regain any respecter influence on international affairs.

The financial implications on Ukrainian investment abroad would hasten his demise.

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