Tymoshenko detention strains EU-Ukraine relations
The President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, after receiving the news of a Ukrainian Courts decision to detain former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, made the following statement:
"I am disturbed by the news about Courts decision to detain former Prime Minister Tymoshenko. The context and conditions raise concern about the politically motivated nature of this decision, and about the application of the rule of law in Ukraine.
I have recently expressed my concern to Ukraines leaders about the apparent selectivity in opening criminal proceedings against Ms Tymoshenko and other former ministers of previous government.
I urge Ukraine to uphold the principles and common values that define our relationship and that form the core of the Eastern partnership."