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Tymoshenko case: should the EU boycott Euro2012?

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Tymoshenko case: should the EU boycott Euro2012?


In this edition of Utalk, Lesya from Paris asks: “Do you think the possibility of EU countries boycotting Euro 2012 in Ukraine will help Yulia Tymoshenko’s case?”

Pawel Kowal, Head of European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Ukraine answers:

“I think that the political boycott of Euro2012 in Ukraine could be a very bad signal to the people of Ukraine.

“I think today we have to use diplomatic possibilities to solve this political crisis over Yulia Tymoshenko’s case and I think that the next step could be to discuss the boycott. Today we say that the political boyott of Euro2012 could have an influence on the situation surrounding the elections in Ukraine in October 2012 and around the possibilities of signing the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine this year.

“I think now all Ukrainian officials understand that there is a very deep crisis between the EU and Ukraine and this crisis could influence the future of political contact between the EU and Ukraine.

“I think the main problem when we say there is a “boycott”, or when we say there is a “ breakdown” of relations between Brussels and Kiev, is that it could influence the situation for the society in Ukraine, for the young people who dream about Ukraine, a European way.”

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