US and Europe to continue to press for release of opposition leaders in Ukraine
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton discussed the situation in Ukraine during a bilateral meeting in New York on September 25, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"The United States and Europe are working extraordinarily closely together when it comes to pressing for and supporting free and fair elections that are going to take place on October 28th. Ukraine is hugely important to European security and stability. We have been very clear how much we regret what we see as selective prosecutions, including the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Tymoshenko," a senior State Department official said, commenting on the meeting held between Clinton and Ashton earlier this week.
According to the official, Secretary Clinton and High Representative Ashton agreed the U.S. and the European Union should follow the same policy on Ukraine. "Our relations with Ukraine can only really move forward when we see an end of those selective prosecutions and free and fair elections. Hillary Clinton and Catherine Ashton talked about how we can use the time between now and October 28th to support those goals," he stressed.