On the eve of the Feb. 25 summit with Europe in Brussels, Ukraine’s closest friends seemed to be pushing the hardest.
“We cannot wait. The window of opportunity is open right now,” said EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele in Kyiv on Feb. 7.
Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski echoed his comment, as did former European Parliament President Pat Cox, who also came this week as a part of their ongoing mission to find a solution to the gridlock involving Ukraine’s political prisoners. The continued imprisonment of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and ex-Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, for reasons deemed political, are the biggest headache of bilateral relations, and one that Ukraine’s top officials haven’t adequately addressed.