Yanukovych, not Tymoshenko, invited to The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly session

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June 16, 2011, 2:11 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has not sent an official invitation to former Ukrainian Prime Minister and Batkivschyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko. No official invitation has been sent to Tymoshenko from PACE, and it is 100% certain that she will not deliver a speech at the assembly's session, a PACE spokesman told Interfax-Ukraine.

The spokesman, however, said he did not rule out that Tymoshenko could come to Strasbourg at the invitation of some political group.

PACE has officially invited Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryschenko to its session, he said.

Tymoshenko, who has been ordered by investigators not to leave Kyiv, has asked the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office to allow her to visit Strasbourg on June 21-22.

The Batkivschyna party's press service claims that the former prime minister has been invited to PACE's session.
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Anonymous June 16, 2011, 6:34 p.m.    

And he will arrive with his meticulously prepared bag of LIES!!!! SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

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Anonymous June 16, 2011, 7:06 p.m.    

According to the &quot;journalist&quot; who wrote this article; no official invitation has been sent by PACE to Tymoshenko, but Tymoshenko has in her possession a letter from the president of the European Parliament inviting her to Brussels, which the &quot;journalist&quot; neglects to mention.

Here is a link to that invitation:

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Anonymous June 16, 2011, 9 p.m.    

What good is a letter inviting her to Brussels when the meeting is in Strasbourg?

habing read the PACE website for this event, why would she even be invited? It is a ministerial meeting reviewing agreements from 2009 and looking to agree adjustments for a meeting in Kyiv in November.

I don't expect that the opposition of other PACE members are going as they don't have the authority to agree or disagree on behald of their nations.

It seems strange that she would be invited to a decision making meeting when she has no ability to make decisions.

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Anonymous June 16, 2011, 9:51 p.m.    

I think what we have here is another sad commentary on her fall from grace, right up there with the 'SBU is attacking our party headquarters' gig and the 'invitation' to the Shuster show.

Either that, or she is fishing for a way to get out of Ukraine, and made a simple small error in the location of the meetings...let alone that she has precisely zero power or influence in Ukraine at the moment, so why would, as you say, they invite her?

Now, you three Americans have at me, I need a good cry before I hit the rack this PM. LOL.

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Anonymous June 16, 2011, 7:07 p.m.    

The link includes copy of the letter.

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Anonymous June 16, 2011, 8:37 p.m.    

Or maybe the letter is false? Wouldn't be the first time.

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Anonymous June 16, 2011, 10:02 p.m.    

The letter looks like a fabrication. Look at the header at top, on the left in English and on the right in French. They don't line up, and have a slightly different colour than the body of the letter. Also, the typed signature at the bottom does not align with the body of the letter, nor with the 'president' below the typed signature. And the text just doesn't sound right from my knowledge of EU diplomatese.

Quite frankly, it looks like the proverbial 'nice try', but missed by a mile. Also, it does not appear to be from the EU parliament, but from a couple political parties therein.

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Anonymous June 19, 2011, 6:58 p.m.    

It is a common rule of the Council of Europe, that the Head of a relevant Member-State should visit the first PACE session in frames of this State's period of Chairmanship in the CoE's Committee of Ministers. From May 2011 till November 2011 Ukraine helds th Presidency. Therefore, its President has been invited and there is nothing to do with Tymoshenko's &quot;lost of power and influence&quot;. She is not authorised to held an official speech at the Session, representing Ukraine...Nevertheless, CoE is on good terms with Ms Tymoshenko: agenda of every working visit of the organisation's representatives to Ukraine includes meeting with its former PM.

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