Vlasenko: pardon is Yulia Tymosheno’s minimym compromise

15:28, 22 October 2013
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The Ukrainian government should accept the proposal offered by the European Parliament’s mission in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko, the ex-premier’s counsel has said, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The Ukrainian government should fulfill the criteria to end politically motivated justice, at least in the form suggested by the Cox-Kwasniewski mission. Viktor Yanukovych should issue a decree pardoning Yulia Tymoshenko and then once she is a free person she can deal with her health problems," Serhiy Vlasenko said in an interview with Radio Svoboda.

The defender underscored that a pardon is the minimum compromise option. "Of course Yulia Tymoshenko won’t stop at this – she will fight for full political and legal rehabilitation, but right now this is a compromise she is willing to accept for the sake of Ukraine’s European integration," he stressed.

Serhiy Vlasenko said the government’s proposal to pass a special law to allow Yulia Tymoshenko to travel abroad for treatment violates the agreements made with the EP mission. "The government is proposing laws that have nothing to do with the EU criteria. Europe is telling them they have to stop politically motivated justice, and they want to continue it," he said.

"As one political analyst said, Viktor Yanukovych needs to put aside his fears of Yulia Tymoshenko and not make Ukraine dependent on these fears. He is so afraid of Yulia Tymoshenko that he’s ready to sacrifice Ukraine’s strategic choice and the fate of 46 million Ukrainians and not sign the association agreement. Yanukovych needs to put aside his fears, sign the decree and we’ll figure things out from there," Serhiy Vlasenko said.

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