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Yanukovich told an international conference on the Black Sea coast that the way would be clear for completing a deal on political association with the EU after a parliamentary election on Oct. 28.

The 27-member bloc, which represents a huge market for the former Soviet republic’s steel and chemicals exports, froze negotiations with the Yanukovich leadership on political association and free trade, because of the prosecution and jailing of Tymoshenko last October.

A former prime minister and now opposition leader, Tymoshenko, 51, was jailed for seven years on abuse-of-office charges in a case that Brussels said was politically-motivated and smacked of selective justice.

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