Azarov: Relations Of Ukraine With EU Should Not Depend On Tymoshenko

KIEV, Ukraine -- Political and business relations of Ukraine with the European Union should not depend on the fate of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said in an interview with the French weekly Le Nouvel Economiste.

Mykola Azarov

"Our political and business relations should not depend on the fate of one person. And this is not only our position. Several European Union member countries, in particular, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip during negotiations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that it would not be correct to put Ukraine's European integration dependent on Tymoshenko case," he said.

Answering a question about possibility of Tymoshenko's treatment abroad, Azarov said that in case the doctors have serious grounds for her hospitalization beyond Ukraine, this issue will be considered in compliance with the applicable legislation. 

The Premier also reminded that Tymoshenko case includes several processes: one is related to her possible participation in the murder of people's deputy Yevhen Shcherban, the second - with economic damage inflicted to Ukraine to the amount of USD $405 million due to activities of the UESU corporation headed by Tymoshenko in her days.

"Now, Yulia Tymoshenko has no intention to cooperate with the investigation. She ignores judicial hearings and preliminary investigation actions. This is why judicial proceedings continue until now," the head of government added.

He also expressed conviction that activities of Tymoshenko's supporters weaken in Ukraine.

"In recent times, the meetings organized in support of Yulia Tymoshenko gather several tens of persons. For Ukrainians, political figures of this type get into the previous epoch."

Source: forUm