“Signing and ratifying the Association Agreement and the DCFTA will not be possible unless Ukraine urgently addresses this stark deterioration of democracy and the rule of law. In the immediate term, this applies to the above cases of selective justice and politically motivated prosecution. Solutions need to be found, enabling Ms. [former Prime Minister Yulia] Tymoshenko, Mr. [former Interior Minister Yuriy] Lutsenko and others to regain their freedom and fully participate in political life,” the EC leaders said in an interview with the Razumkov Center, which was published on Friday.
They said that developments in Ukraine raise serious concerns and recalled the hopes that were placed on the development of the country a few years ago.
“In February 2010, we welcomed the holding of presidential election broadly in line with European standards. This gave hope that Ukraine was continuing her path of consolidating democracy, on which we had seen a very positive trend ever since early 2005. There was much to be hopeful about Ukraine,” the politicians said.