facebook
twitter
search
search

EU upset with Ukraine over Tymoshenko case

Feb. 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM
| License Photo

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The Polish foreign minister said Wednesday that the European Union was finding it difficult to work with Kiev because of the Yulia Tymoshenko case.

"What complicates our work at the EU in supporting Ukraine's European aspiration is the growing climate of distrust toward Ukrainian policies," Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski was quoted by Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti as saying from Kiev. "This especially applies to the quality of the judicial process against Yulia Tymoshenko."

Tymoshenko, an opposition leader and former prime minister, is serving a seven-year prison sentence in Ukraine on charges she abused her authority in a 2009 natural gas deal with Russian energy company Gazprom.

Her daughter, Eugenia, told U.S. lawmakers last week that her mother was mistreated while in custody. Yulia Tymoshenko is apparently unable to stand by herself.

Lawmakers in Ukraine shot down a measure Wednesday that would have decriminalized part of the legal code that was used to send Tymoshenko to jail.

Her allies say the charges against her are politically motivated. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, her long-time political rival, denies the allegations.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korea blasts arrival of U.S. submarine in South Korean port
Putin reassures PM Alexis Tsipras after 'no' referendum vote in Greece
South Korea rescues 5 North Korean sailors
U.S. lottery lowers portion of cash allocated to jackpot prize
F-16, Cessna planes collide midair in South Carolina, killing two