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19 November, 2013 20:00   ▪  

U.S. Senate calls for Tymoshenko release

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Monday, November 18, calling on Ukrainian officials to release former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko.

"I am dismayed by the seeming inability to find a reasonable compromise that would allow Ms. Tymoshenko to be released to seek medical treatment abroad," said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who initialed the resolution.

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In the resolution U.S. Senate called “on the Government of Ukraine to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from imprisonment based on politicized and selective charges and in light of the April 2013 European Court of Human Rights verdict”.

It also called on the EU members to include the release of Ms. Tymoshenko from imprisonment as a criterion for signing an association agreement with Ukraine at the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius.

U.S. Senate expressed its belief and hope that “Ukraine’s future rests with stronger ties to Europe, the United States, and others in the community of democracies”. It also expressed its concern and disappointment that the continued selective and politically motivated imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko unnecessarily detracts from Ukraine’s otherwise strong relationship with Europe, the United States, and the community of democracies.

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