This week’s development removed doubts that the president and his allies actually wanted to sign the association agreement in Vilnius, Lithuania this November, thus integrating more closely with the EU. Their actions say they do not.
“Get lost, EU” is the implicit message behind the court decision to strip Serhiy Vlasenko of his seat in parliament. Vlasenko is a member of the opposition party led by imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Even more, he’s been Tymoshenko’s aggressive and steadfast legal advocate in the bewildering array of court cases lined up against her.
All of this comes less than two weeks after EU leaders in Brussels scolded Yanukovych to clean up his act – end political persecutions, make courts independent and strengthen laws ensuring democratic elections.