Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon told the press in Kyiv that the U.S. is concerned about Yulia Tymoshenko’s health and her access to medical care in prison, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"I haven’t personally seen her nor have representatives of the United States recently been able to, but that’s part of the problem. We’ve gotten some negative reports about her health and her conditions and her access to medical care. We can’t independently verify them, but they are of great concern to us," Philip Gordon said at a press roundtable on February 6.
According to him, the U.S. has many questions about this that haven’t been fully answered by the Ukrainian authorities.
The assistant secretary said that during his visit to Ukraine he expressed concerns about the perception of selective prosecutions, most notably in the case of former Prime Minister Tymoshenko and that it stands in the way of the kind of relationship Ukraine could have with the United States and European Union.
He stressed the importance of free and fair and transparent parliamentary elections in October 2012.
"If Tymoshenko remains in prison, doesn’t appear to be getting appropriate care, and there are issues with party registrations for October, I think it’s fair to say that would stand in the way of relations with both the United States and the European Union," he added.