Experts Admit EU Countries Refusing To Ratify EU - Ukraine Association Agreement In Event Of Violations In Tymoshenko Case

KIEV, Ukraine -- Experts admit that the European Union member-state will not ratify the EU - Ukraine Association Agreement should any violations be found in the case against Yulia Tymoshenko, a former Prime Minister and current leader of the Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Association party.

Yulia Tymoshenko

"The agreement has the norms that can be operated at the overall level of the European Union, but there are also such positions that require ratification by national bodies of power, as a rule, and these are mostly parliaments. That is why every country in settling this problem yet will pay attention politically, including to development of the processes in Ukraine with the rule of law, discriminative application of public justice - absolutely this may affect ratification and not bringing the Agreement into force," former deputy foreign affairs minister, deputy director-general at the Oleksandr Razumkov Centre for Economic and Political Studies, Valerii Chalyi, has told Ukrainian News.

In his opinion, processes concerning opposition politicians in Ukraine will though have no impact on the negotiations on conclusion of this Agreement.

Volodymyr Horbach, a political analyst from the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, also expressed an opinion that the negotiation process will reach successful completion, while snag may develop with the Agreement ratification.

"This is now when the economic part is being discussed, which has nothing to do with the political processes, that is why these talks will be over, basically, and this will have no effect on the economic part, but the very fact of the negotiations completion does not mean entry of the Agreement into force, it still will need ratification. So, these political processes may and will have influence and consequences for the Association Agreement namely on the stage of ratification. Moreover, the signing may defer, because it will be signed by politicians as well," he said.

Serhii Tolstov, director of the Institute for Political Analysis and International Research, says that ratification of the Agreement will be at the pan-European level only, and not at the level of separate states' parliaments, as the Agreement will be signed in frames of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

He notes, the case about Tymoshenko may affect the process of entry into force only in capacity of an additional tool for pressurising the Ukrainian authorities.

"If Tymoshenko and her headquarters manage to prove the case is forged, procedural points are not being carried, then the situation will turn somewhat different, yet I think the not devaluation of the agreement but political pressure on the leadership," he said.

Before, members of the EU member-states' diplomatic representations said that cases as regards opposition politicians would not influence the negotiation process on the Association Agreement but could be a reason behind national parliaments denying ratification of this Agreement.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, experts forecast negative influence of the criminal case against Tymoshenko, charging her with excess of power when concluding gas contracts with Russia in 2009, on the Ukrainian authorities' image in the European Union and in the West in general.

Source: Ukrainian News