KyivPost Ukraine gets slapped down at NATO summit

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May 22, 2012, 1:25 p.m. |

Yanukovychy’s allies see his invitation to the summit – and the declaration – as a proof that the Ukrainian president has man aged to break the possible isolation.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, at a summit in Chicago, expressed concern about selective justice and politically motivated prosecutions in Ukraine, sending a strong message to President Viktor Yanukovych.

The declaration is embarrassing for Yanukovych, who is one of about 60 world leaders invited to attend the summit. His political allies hoped the gathering would be a breakthrough overcoming his growing international isolation over democracy.

"We are concerned at the selective application of justice and what appear to be politically motivated prosecutions, including of leading members of the opposition, as well as the conditions of their detention," said the declaration approved by the NATO summit on Sunday.

NATO also encouraged Ukraine to address the existing problems of its judicial system to ensure full compliance with the rule of law and the international agreements to which it is a party.

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