EU/US – Yulia Tymoshenko should be released
U.S. Ambassador John Tefft has stressed that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko should be released and given the opportunity for rehabilitation, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"I saw Yulia Tymoshenko a couple months ago in Kharkiv. Our position hasn’t changed. She should be released. She should also undergo treatment. I think this is an historical moment for Ukraine. Ukraine’s future depends on the decision regarding Tymoshenko," said Ambassador Tefft.
In his turn, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius also stressed in an interview with RFE/RL that the release of Yulia Tymoshenko would be the understandable decision to dismiss all doubt about selective justice in Ukraine.
"We are telling the Ukrainians that you must dismiss all doubt about selective justice. How you will do that is your, so to say, decision and the most, so to say, understandable decision could be the release of the former prime minister," he said.
He underscored that throwing someone in jail isn’t the way to fight for positions, "especially when the woman has some problems with her health and this is another reason why we should talk about also the condition of how she is being kept."
"It is a long story so basically having said this: dismiss all doubts, preferably [it] would be of course helpful and it would be really a signal if she would be released, and we are telling this to the Ukrainians quite directly," said the Lithuanian foreign minister.