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Kiev racing against EU clock

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Ukrainian parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Rybak said Friday lawmakers will meet next week to consider measures on the agenda before a key EU summit.

Opposition leaders in Kiev said they're ready for "any compromise" that would put a series of reforms on the table before accession meetings with the European Union scheduled for late November. Members of the ruling Party of Regions delayed a vote this week because a working group was revisiting the legislation.

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Rada said an extraordinary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, is scheduled Wednesday.

He warned supporters of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko against hijacking the agenda.

"The issue of 45.5 million [Ukrainian] people and on the other hand -- one person -- is put into the scales today," he was quoted by the National News Agency of Ukraine as saying.

Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2011 on charges she abused her office in negotiating a 2009 natural gas deal with Russian energy company Gazprom. Her supporters say the charges against her were politically motivated.

Kiev is reviewing measures that would let her travel to Germany for medical care.

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The European Union said cases against Tymoshenko and her supporters are among the issues potentially standing in the way of an association agreement.

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