The Penitentiary Service of Ukraine has refused the request by Mailis Reps and Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin, PACE co-rapporteurs on Ukraine, to meet with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the Kachanivska prison in Kharkiv, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

The PACE co-rapporteurs expressed concern over the Ukrainian prison service’s denial.

As reported, PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon had earlier said that he will soon request a meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko. “I will prepare the request soon. The Ukrainian foreign minister tried to reassure me of the conditions of Yulia Tymoshenko’s detention and her health,” he said.

“I was told that she is being held in a three star prison. If this prison is so comfortable, then, of course, I should be able to visit,” he explained.