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"From my observations, there are two groups in the Interior Ministry: pragmatists and idealists. The former proceed from economic interests when dealing with such sensitive matters as political asylum, whereas the latter are more concerned about the image of the Czech Republic, as s traditional defender of human rights. In the case of Oleksandr Tymoshenko, the idealists, who incidentally include [Czech Interior] Minister Jan Kubice, prevailed," Masa said in an interview with Deutsche Welle published on Monday.

At the same time, he dismissed the conjectures made in Ukraine that Oleksandr Tymoshenko was supposedly going to hide his wife’s assets in the Czech Republic.

"It’s known that Tymoshenko had business contacts in more than one EU country, so should the couple need a hiding place, they could have found it in any of them [the EU countries] – not necessarily in the Czech Republic. In addition, to hide the assets one does not need to flee from the country. There is no logic in this statement," the ex-ambassador said, adding that according to some reports, Oleksandr Tymoshenko got the idea to stay in the Czech Republic before his wife was sentenced to imprisonment.

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