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Tymoshenko trial casts shadow over EU meeting in Warsaw

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Tymoshenko trial casts shadow over EU meeting in Warsaw


Leaders from European Union member countries and their counterparts from eastern European countries are meeting in the Polish capital, Warsaw, for discussions that could be overshadowed by the trial of Ukrainian opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko.

Trade negotiations surrounding the Eastern Partnership Accord are on the agenda and offering the post-Soviet states almost two billion euros to help fight corruption. However, the focus is being taken by the controversial Ukrainian prosecution, which the EU and United States believes may be politically motivated.

Tymoshenko, who has twice been Ukraine’s prime minister between 2005 and 2010, is accused of abuse of power. The current government says during her time in office she arranged gas deals with Russia that are exorbitantly expensive.

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