U.S. Senator John McCain and European People’s Party President Wilfried Martens issued a joint statement today urging the Ukrainian authorities and Prosecutor General’s Office to lift the travel ban on Yulia Tymoshenko, according to the Official website of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"We jointly call on the Ukrainian authorities to allow Yulia Tymoshenko to attend the EPP Summit in Brussels on March 24, 2011. Mrs. Tymoshenko’s party, Batkivshchyna, is an observer member of the EPP and she is, therefore, invited to participate in the Summit. We also call on the authorities to reconsider what could be viewed as selective prosecution of members of the opposition in Ukraine," says the statement posted on the websites of Senator McCain and the European People’s Party.

The statement also noted that Yulia Tymoshenko had already been barred from traveling to Brussels in December 2010 and February 2011 to attend EPP meetings.