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2016/10/14

Yanukovych with a visit to Komorowski. They talked about Tymoshenko?

The European integration of Ukraine in the light of the Polish presidency in the EU was the main topic of talks between President Bronisław Komorowski and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych during his Tuesday visit to Poland - the presidential administration in Kiev. And what about the problem of Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been in Ukrainian custody since 5 August?

The administration of Yanukovych did not inform whether during the meeting in the presidential residence in Hel, the heads of state raised the problem of the arrest of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The Ukrainian media, which write about the visit of their president in Poland, are interested above all in this matter.
President Bronisław Komorowski said on Tuesday evening at TVP Info that the trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko could be an obstacle in the process of Ukraine's integration with the European Union.

The Ukrainian media points out that the meeting between Komorowski and Yanukovych was closed to the press. It is also astonishing that the Polish President's office did not issue a message after the talks ended.
Observers in Ukraine, meanwhile, indicate that the visit of President Yanukovych to Poland is a gesture of despair in the face of international isolation, which the head of this country is increasingly experiencing in connection with the repression used against the opposition, including held in Tymoshenko's detention center.

Tymoshenko has been imprisoned in the Łukianiwka district of Kiev since August 5.

She has been imprisoned since August 5 in detention center in the Łukanivka district of Kiev. She was arrested during a trial in which she is accused of abuse when concluding unfavorable gas contracts with Russia in 2009, according to current authorities. Tymoshenko claims that Yanukovych, his opponent in the presidential election of 2010, stands behind these actions.

Political scientist Oleksiy Kolomijec, head of the Kiev Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, predicted before the presidents' talks that they would be "sharp" because Poland, currently holding the EU Council presidency, could demand that Yanukovych stop the persecution of political opponents.
If the Ukrainian president does not agree - we read in the analytical note of the expert - Yanukovych may not get an invitation to the Eastern Partnership summit in September in Warsaw, and the ongoing negotiations on the Ukraine-EU association agreement may freeze.

The expert expresses the assumption that if the Ukrainian authorities do not change their attitude towards the opposition, the Ukraine-EU summit planned for December may break, and even Ukraine may be deprived of the right to organize the 2012 UEFA European championship together with Poland.

source: PAP
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