UK Prime Minister mustn’t visit Ukraine while Tymoshenko remains imprisoned


  The well-known historian and publicist, Timothy Garton Ash writes that “every EU leader must make up their own mind, but the aim should be to punish the president and not the people”

Yanukovych ‘assured Polish and other European leaders he would change the law or find some other solution to the Tymoshenko issue’. Photo: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Should European leaders attend football matches in Ukraine, as part of the Euro 2012 championship that kicks off next week? Or should they boycott them in protest at the political imprisonment of opposition leaderYulia Tymoshenko, the mafioso-type corruption poisoning that country, and violent racism among its football fans? Or should they attend, but insist on meeting Tymoshenko or add some other protest gesture?

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