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EU leader and Ukraine president clash over potential trade agreement

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At a conference in Yalta political tensions ran high when the presidents of Lithuania and Ukraine clashed . History was made in Yalta in 1945, then the discussion was what do to with Germany. On Friday it was the price of gas and what to do about the jailed former Ukraine prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

That is a critical factor in the EU agreement due to be signed with Ukraine at the November summit. There remains an impasse with the Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite who hold the currrent EU presidency clashing with President Viktor Yanukovich.

He is under pressure from Russia not to side with the EU and some analysts believe he is buying time. He refused to give a clear answer if he will release Tymoshenko.

Grybauskaite responded telling reporters afterwards without a solution she couldn’t see a possibility the agreement would be signed.

Tymeshenko was jailed two years ago for abuse of office relating to gas contracts with Russia.

According to some European diplomatic sources Ukrainians are sure the EU will sign the agreement no matter what happens with Tymoshenko.