West Threatens Ukraine Over Gas Princess
September 23, 2012
US threatens sanctions against Ukraine urging Tymoshenko’s release
The US Senate has threatened to introduce sanctions against the Ukrainian authorities over jailing the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
The Senate has adopted a resolution that stressed that the Tymoshenko trial was “politically motivated”. The document urges her immediate release in particular due to her poor health condition..
The resolution also urges to the US State Department to recall the ambassador from Kiev and halt the work of the embassy.
The senators have agreed that it is necessary to stop contacts between NATO and Ukraine until Tymoshenko is released.
The resolution is not binding and does not oblige the US State Department or Ukraine’s authorities to react on it.
September 23, 2012
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry calls declarative US Congress’ resolution
KIEV: Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said it inexpedient to comment on the US Congress’ resolution on Ukraine for the declarative and non-binding character of the document, Ukraine’s local media report, referring to the press service of the Foreign Ministry, which said Kiev had always considered the US Senate as an example of parliamentary, of high standards of democracy, of paramount of right, and of following of democratic procedures.
However, the document on doubtful procedure, which was adopted there, is difficult to consider seriously.
“The authors of the resolution on Yulia Timoshenko tried at any expense to be ahead of protests from other senators against this document, they made corrections in a hurry, and suggested the Senate adopt the resolution “audibly” just several minutes the Congress’ session is over, where only half a dozen members of the upper house of the American parliament were present,” the foreign ministry said.
The ministry’s comment says “Timoshenko’s supporters have done everything to launch in Ukraine’s information space another falsified reason for loud, groundless discussions and discrediting of upcoming parliamentary elections. These efforts contradict Ukraine’s national interests and are doomed to failure.”
The US Congress adopted a resolution which threatens political sanctions against Ukraine’s authorities for keeping in prison the country’s former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko. The document reads that the trial had been politically motivated and she should be set free immediately, as she requires medical treatment.
The resolution, drafted at the initiative of James Inhofe, a senator representing the Republican Party, urges the Department of State not to issue US entry visas for Ukrainian officials responsible for the imprisonment and bad treatment of Yulia Timoshenko, as well as for the bad treatment of over a dozen of political leaders connected with the Orange Revolution of 2004.
Besides, the senators urged Ukraine “to have parliamentary elections in October by honest and transparent ways, in compliance with standards of the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe.”
The US legislators expressed concern that “the continuing imprisonment of Timoshenko threatens the worsening of relations between the United States and Ukraine.”
September 21, 2012
Hryshchenko: Ukraine not to react on calls of EU to release Tymoshenko
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Konstyantyn Hryshchenko states that Ukraine will not react to calls of the European Union to released imprisoned ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.
K. Hryshchenko said this in an interview to Die Presse, Ukrainska Pravda reports. Commenting on the fact that the EU puts the signing of an Agreement on Association with Ukraine in dependence on the freeing of Yu. Tymoshenko, K. Hryshchenko, noted: “We are not about to do anything. Our judicial system should work and rely on facts”.
September 17, 2012
Condoleezza Rice sends Yulia Tymoshenko letter of support
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has written a letter to former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been in jail for more than a year, according to the official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
“Today I met with Condoleezza Rice. She gave me a letter addressed to Yulia Tymoshenko and expressed her support and solidarity,” Hryhoriy Nemyria said today on Channel 5. The letter will be delivered to the ex-premier by her lawyers.