Information about legal action in the U.S. and Switzerland and claims that Yulia Tymoshenko’s allegedly stole $200 million is the latest case of manipulation by the Ukrainian government aimed at preventing the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, says the ex-premier’s defense counsel Serhiy Vlasenko, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"This is the manifestation of the sick fantasy of people who want to keep Yulia Tymoshenko in prison any way they can, not fulfill the recommendations of the European Union and deliberately sabotage the signing of the association agreement with the European Union," Serhiy Vlasenko said.

The ex-premier’s defender showed journalists a copy of the U.S. court’s ruling from May 7, 2004 in the case of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko. "Yulia Tymoshenko’s name isn’t mentioned here at all. The role of UESU and Somali Enterprises was clearly established by the American court. The court determined that these claims were unfounded. The American court found that neither UESU nor Somali was involved in any corrupt deals," he said.

He said the American court didn’t even allow the claims to be heard by the jury. "The court did not find any connection between the charges against Pavlo Lazarenko and UESU, Somali Enterprises or Yulia Tymoshenko. It’s a lie!" Yulia Tymoshenko’s defender emphasized.

"Today’s actions by the Ukrainian government, Viktor Yanukovych and his cronies in the Verkhovna Rada have one aim – speculation and manipulation of information to sabotage the singing of the association agreement. All the talk about new circumstances, new facts or some other things in the United States of America has no basis," Serhiy Vlasenko underscored.