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Germany Says Tymoshenko Case Could Scupper Association Agreement

German Foreign Minister Guido WesterwelleGerman Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
Germany's foreign minister has warned that Ukraine's failure to address concerns about jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko could threaten a European Union-Ukraine association agreement that has been under negotiation for years.

Guido Westerwelle said on German television that Berlin was prepared to block ratification of the political and trade deal if Kyiv does not examine legal questions about Tymoshenko's case.

The pro-Western Tymoshenko has complained of abuse since last year, when she began serving a seven-year sentence that her supporters condemn as politically motivated.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week called for Tymoshenko's release, and European officials have threatened to boycott attending Euro 2012 championship soccer matches in Ukraine this summer.

On May 2, Austria's government announced it would boycott all Euro 2012 soccer matches in Ukraine to protest the treatment of Tymoshenko.

Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said that no Austrian government official would attend any matches held in Ukraine during the tournament, which begins on June 8. 

Ukraine's top soccer official said reports that matches could be moved to Spain were "groundless."

Based on reporting by AFP, Interfax, dpa, and zdf.de
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by: Leo1920 from: Kiev, Ukraine
May 02, 2012 11:42
Todays officials in Ukraine are associate to Ukrainian criminals and Russian mafia. Do yon know that Ukrainian president Yanukovych was twice imprisoned during Soviet times – the first time for robbery and the second time for gang-rape? Can you imagine that president of any European country would has such a criminal records? It is very serious.
Do not have any illusions in todays Ukraine. Many officials had come to the government from criminal structures.
Angela Merkel was the first to tell the truth about Ukraine. The 3rd year other European leaders and President Obama only pretend that everything is o.k. with Ukraine.
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by: Jubus
May 03, 2012 19:06
I must agree with you, but you forgot about criminal past of Timoshenko-Lazarenko gang. Timoshenko has the blood on her hands, she stole billions of dollars from the Ukraine's budget and for year she was walking free. Does anybody in Europe can even imagine something like this? Criminal who stole and paid for murder of business opponent become prime minister and use this position to destroy evidence of one's criminal activity?

by: UKR FAN from: Canada
May 03, 2012 03:47
The boycott of the 2012 EURO soccer championships is the most powerful and highest international profile move that could be made by participating countries.
Move Ukraine's portion of the soccer matches to Spain and do it right away. Countries need to stand up against this oppressive regime.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 04, 2012 06:22
Between Ukraine and Germany it's always the same: first the German Emperor Wilhelm II. Hohenzollern tried to colonize Ukraine in 1918 - only to get his arische Arsch kicked; then it was Adolf Hitler who tried to do the same in 1941-44 - and got his arische Arsch kicked as well. And nowadays it is Frau Merkel who - in the time that she has free from destroying the economies of such EU member states as Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy - is trying to impose her will on Ukraine - and will end up the same way as Wilhelm II. and Adolf Hitler.

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