Poland: Ukrainian authorities should legally release Yulia Tymoshenko
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has appealed to the Ukrainian authorities and political groups urging them to amend the country’s criminal code as soon as possible, thus enabling the release of Yulia Tymoshenko and other imprisoned former government officials, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko. "This will ensure a European chance for Ukraine," Bronislaw Komorowski said today.
According to him, the legislative amendments should be aimed at eliminating provisions that provide criminal liability for political decisions.
The Polish president believes the lack of legislative changes in criminal law is the most dangerous and threatening factor leading to the total suspension of negotiations on the signing and ratification of an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
"Under the influence of these problems, I announced during the recent summit of presidents of the Visegrad Group in Slovakia that if the planned meeting in Yalta between presidents of countries of Central Europe under the title "Influence of European Integration and Domestic Transformations in Central Europe" takes place, I will urge the Ukrainian authorities and politicians to find a solution to the situation that arose after former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced," stressed Bronislaw Komorowski.
As reported, the summit of the Central European Initiative that was scheduled to take place on May 10-12 in Yalta was cancelled after 13 of the 18 European heads of state announced they would boycott the meeting over the treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko.