On Oct. 17, the president indicated that he is prepared to release Tymoshenko for medical treatment in Germany, which she requires for her spine problem. Her release from jail is one of three preconditions Ukraine has to fulfill to be able to sign an unprecedented association agreement with the European Union at the end of November.

Yanukovych said that if the parliament approves a law that would set a legal framework for her leave, he will sign it. This is the first time ever that he has clearly laid out the exact plan of action he is prepared to support.

But it’s not clear whether this offer will be generous enough for either Tymoshenko or the European Union. Tymoshenko’s team insist that nothing short of a pardon will be acceptable. The Europeans are silent so far.

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