US Senators put forward resolution calling for Tymoshenko’s release
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and four other Senators have co-authored a resolution calling for the release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko following the recent European Court of Human Rights judgment. The draft resolution has been passed to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
The resolution part reads as follows:
Resolved, That the Senate--
(1) calls on the Government of Ukraine to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from imprisonment in light of the April 2013 European Court of Human Rights verdict;
(2) calls on the European Union members to include the release of Ms. Tymoshenko from imprisonment as an important criterion for signing an association agreement with Ukraine at the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Lithuania;
(3) expresses its belief and hope that Ukraine’s future rests with stronger ties to Europe, the United States, and others in the community of democracies; and
(4) expresses 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.