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MEP's Ukraine mission extended by one month

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MEP's Ukraine mission extended by one month


A European Parliament monitoring mission to Ukraine has been extended to the middle of November.

The decision to prolong the visit came amid speculation that opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is to be freed and that a planned trade pact between the EU and Kiev could be close.

“The activity is very intensive, and hopefully, it would be possible, probably in the very last minutes, to take decision on signing of very important association agreement,” said Jan Kozlowski, a Polish MEP.

The agreement with Ukraine is set to be signed at the end of November.

MEPs called for monitors to be sent to the country after the conviction of one time PM Tymoshenko for corruption.

Kostyantyn Gryshchenko ,Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, told euronews: “Thanks to this dialogue we will succeed in better inform our European partners on the elements which are important.”

EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule said on Tuesday that Ukraine plans to free Tymoshenko so she can seek medical treatment in Germany.

Kiev insists that no decision has been made yet.

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