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Statements 2013

Press Statement On Tymoshenko And EU Association Agreement by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Thomas Melia

October 25, 2013

I wanted to take the opportunity before departing Kyiv, after a very productive visit, to set the record straight on some inaccurate press reports that mischaracterized the U.S. government’s position on Ms. Tymoshenko.

Let me be clear: The U.S. government has laid out its views both publicly and privately - We support the mission of former Presidents Cox and Kwasniewski in finding a resolution to allow jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment. 

That is our focus at this time.  

We continue to engage at the highest levels, including directly with President Yanukovych, to express concern about the politically-motivated prosecution of opposition leaders. 

As regards former Prime Minister Tymoshenko, her political future should be for the Ukrainian courts and voters to decide. 

The United States fully supports the Ukrainian Government’s goal of signing an Association Agreement with the European Union at the Vilnius Summit in November and urges Ukraine to fulfill all necessary conditions, including, comprehensive judicial reform which continues to make good progress, as we heard during the working group I was here to lead.