EU-Ukraine Co-Operation In Doubt

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European People's Party (EPP) has strongly condemned the Ukrainian authorities, leading to uncertainty over EU-Ukraine co-operation following the latest developments in the case of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

President Wilfried Martens

During the EPP Congress on 7 December, President Wilfried Martens announced that the party would object to the signing of the Association Agreement with Ukraine until Yulia Tymoshenko is released.

EPP Secretary-General Antonio López Istúriz slammed the Ukrainian authorities and the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych over its crackdown of the political opponents.

The special guest speaker at the EPP Congress was the daughter of the former Ukrainian prime minister Eugenia Carr-Tymoshenko, who informed delegates about the current situation of the ‘Orange Revolution’ leader.

Carr-Tymoshenko said that her mother's condition was rapidly deteriorating and that she had not been allowed to be examined by her doctors.

“Ukraine is moving towards a KGB society,” Carr-Tymoshenko said, accusing Yanukovych of using Soviet methods to fight political opponents. She added that the opposition was a victim of "Yanukovych's political terror".

However, she added that her mother “behind three rows of prison bars has been more free” than her captors.

In the latest exercise of a dubious justice, Tymoshenko was accused of other counts of possible embezzlement and the district court in Kiev ordered “detention as preventative measure”, without her leaving the prison cell.

In response to these developments, EPP Congress adopted an urgent resolution condemning the actions of the regime in Kiev and fully supporting Yulia Tymoshenko in her ordeal.

After the European Parliament approved the signing of the agreement with Ukraine, it remains to be seen how the latest developments in the Tymoshenko case will influence the European Council, or if EPP leaders will stay true to their pledge not to proceed with the Association Agreement until the former prime minister is released from prison.

Source: New Europe