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EU ministers call on Ukraine to free Tymoshenko or all deals are off

EU ministers call on Ukraine to free Tymoshenko or all deals are off
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European ministers on a visit to Ukraine have told the government of President Viktor Yanukovich to stop “bluffing” and release jailed former Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko.

The EU believes Tymoshenko is the victim of a political trial and her release is key if Kiev and Brussels are to forge closer ties.

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said:“The time for bluffing is over on both sides, it is time for action now.”

The Foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt commented that:“I am not going into details, we are waiting for a final assesment, so far they do not meet requirements , we will see if they change.”

Europe has made it clear that if Ukraine fails to release Tymoshenko the signing of a raft of groundbreaking agreements scheduled for the EU Summit in Vilnius in late November will be shelved:

Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich has offered to sign a draft law to allow the jailed politician to leave Ukraine for medical attention. The EU, Tymoshenko and her supporters want a free pardon.