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06.02.2013

Füle: Bans on Ukrainian officials not discussed

   

  In an interview given to Interfax Ukraine, Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy said that there had been no discussion in Brussels of cancelling or postponing the EU-Ukraine Summit scheduled for 25 February. Nor, he said, had the subject been raised of bans against Ukrainian officials.

He was asked about the current mood in the EU regarding the charges of murder against imprisoned former Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and recent removal from a Kyiv clinic of former Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko shortly after serious surgery.  He answered that there had been an understanding that after the parliamentary elections the heads of the European Parliament’s Special Commission – former Polish President Kwaśniewski and former EP President Cox would return to Ukraine not just to continue their work, but to be able to report positive movement regarding issues of politically motivated justice.

"That has not happened. Instead, we have seen during recent weeks an escalation of the situation around Tymoshenko and Lutsenko. I think the mood in member states and in EU institutions reflects exactly this, but it doesn’t mean that we do not want to talk about these issues critically at the summit. I hope very much that the Cox- Kwaśniewski mission will bring some positive elements for the de-escalation of the situation, " he said.

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