Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Ukraine stalls Tymoshenko release

A supporter of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko holds up her picture during a protest rally (AP)

The Ukrainian parliament has again stalled a vote on the release of jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, demanded by the European Union as a key condition for signing a landmark integration deal with Ukraine.

Parliament speaker Volodymyr Rybak said that the bill would not be put to a vote during the morning session. The opposition kept pushing for a vote on either Tuesday or Thursday.

Ms Tymoshenko, a top rival of president Viktor Yanukovych, is serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges the West calls political. The EU is refusing to sign the association agreement with Ukraine if she remains in jail.

As a compromise, the EU has asked Ukraine's parliament, dominated by Yanukovych allies, to pass a law allowing her release for a medical treatment in Germany.

-AP

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