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Laughter and scorn should be the responses of European leaders to ludicrous conditions being floated for letting imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko go to Germany for medical treatment.

President Viktor Yanukovych, through his supporters, is sending up these two blazingly ridiculous trial balloons: That European Union leaders must recognize the legitimacy of Tymoshenko’s criminal conviction, and that Germany return her to Ukraine to finish out the rest of her seven-year prison sentence, now in its third year, once her medical treatment for spinal problems is finished.

Firstly, her “abuse of office” conviction is not legitimate and should not be recognized for anything other than what it is: political persecution.Secondly, the EU would be betraying its values on human rights and democracy to send Tymoshenko back to the Yanukovych wolves. We do not believe that Merkel, the German chancellor who seems wise to Yanukovych’s ways, would go for such a deal. Tymoshenko, through her exiled husband and her party leaders, has rejected such conditions.

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